Oh Hell No! Says the Red Head.
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Biderman’s Chart of Coercion
Do the tactics of mind control listed below sound familiar? Isn’t this happening in the whole world right now? Two years and running…
A tool designed to demonstrate and explain the coercive methods of stress manipulation used to torture prisoners of war. It has been applied to explain the coercive techniques used by perpetrators of domestic abuse.
This list directly reflects the original chart, it has not been changed to fit the domestic abuse context. Method Effect and Purpose Variants
Deprives victim of all social support of their ability to resist.
Develops an intense concern with self (this could be home environment)
Makes victim dependent.
Complete solitary confinement
Complete or partial isolation
Monopolization of Perception
Fixes attention upon immediate predicament. Eliminates information not in compliance with demands.
Punishes independence and /or resistance.
Darkness or Bright light
Humiliation and Degradation
Makes resistance more ‘costly’ than compliance.
‘Animal Level’ concerns.
Personal hygiene prevented
Insults and taunts
Denial of Privacy
Weakens mental and physical ability to resist.
Creates anxiety and despair Outlines cost of non-compliance
Threats to kill
Threats of abandonment/nonreturn
Threats against family
Vague Threats, passive aggressive threats.
Mysterious changes of treatment.
Positive motivation for compliance. Hinders adjustment to deprivation
Occasional favors Rewards for partial compliance
Suggests futility of resistance Confrontation
Showing complete control over victims face
Forcing trivial demands
Develops habit of compliance Enforcement of ‘rules’
Amnesty International (1994)