- Created on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 13:14
Psychological Harassment is not a new phenomenon but it is one that is on the rise. It’s a serious phenomenon that has serious consequences for the victims and our society.
This website was created to provide information about Psychological Harassment and its many forms. It also exposes psychological harassment and different psychological manipulations used to target individuals.
Many victims of psychological harassment suffer from physical ailments, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, stress, fatigue, depressive states, burn outs, and in some cases suicide. Many are unable to continue working and suffer financial loss.
In some cases the causes are over work, unrealistic work demands, withholding information and resources, arbitrary removal of responsibilities, public humiliation, consistent over time, lack of professional autonomy, favoritism and nepotism, excessive competitive work environment, disorganized working conditions, ambiguous tasks or contradictory tasks, tasks that are deprived of purpose, constant threats of dismissal, leadership styles, lack of communication, and intimidation.
Violence has different forms: Physical and Psychological. Many safe guards have been put in place to prevent physical violence in our society but few if any exist to prevent psychological violence.
Psychological Harassment has many forms: the most common being verbal abuse. Some tactics aim at trying to humiliate or weaken the morale of individuals or groups.
Mobbing also referred to by some as Bullying, psychological terrorism, and organizational violence is described as a collective form of psychological violence in which many individuals unite to persecute an individual by making constant negative remarks, repeated criticism or sarcasm, intimidation, threats, insinuations, try to humiliate, circulate false information concerning the individual, and to socially isolate the individual. Mobbing is a way of destroying a person without using any physical means, a psychological war of nerves with wear the individual out tactics. A group attacks an individual's dignity, integrity, self-image, self-confidence, self-esteem, place in doubt of competence, threaten their careers, and means of subsistence.
One method used to induce distress or suffering in a person is by systematically isolating them from their peers.
After a few months some victims can suffer from psychiatric difficulties such as paranoia, chronic fatigue, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and depression.
"A tactic that is sometimes used, to break a person down psychologically and physically, is to induce as much stress as possible for a long period of time." This tactic is often used to cause macromineral deficiencies and acid-base disorders in the victim.
One tactic is to attack or upset, emotional or mood change, the victim early in the day or morning. This can set the mood or have a lasting effect through out the day. (see Negative Conditioning)
Another tactic is to attack or upset the victim late in the work day on Fridays just before a restful weekend. This has the effect of causing the victim to think or worry, anxiety, about the attack or event through out the weekend.
|A report from Téléjournal - Le Point called “Le cauchemar du harcèlement moral” documents the cases of three people. One of the persons documented committed suicide. The article is in French: “Le cauchemar du harcèlement moral”.
According to this report the psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen, author of Le harcèlement moral : La violence perverse au quotidien, started a social debate in France in 1998 that resulted in a new law to penalize psychological harassment. Art L.122-49 alinea 1 du code du travail.
Psychological Harassment is viewed as direct or indirect tactics used to get rid of someone or to break them down psychologically and should not be confused with stress related to work performance.
After a few months some people can suffer from psychological problems. Some can react with hyper combativeness and can be classified as paranoid. Some suffer from chronic fatigue, low self-esteem, depression, loss of employment, and suicide.
Attacks to an individual's dignity, integrity, self-image, things that can be humiliating, can become destructive by their repetition.
Anyone can be a target of psychological harassment and there isn’t any particular psychological profile attached to it.
In some cases, the difficulty is that the attacks are subtle and leave few traces so when the person is targeted they are destabilized and do not know how to defend themselves.
Radio Canada Stalking the Soul: Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity by Marie-France Hirigoyen, Helen Marx (Afterword), Thomas Moore (Translator)
From Publishers Weekly"Often, emotional abuse builds over a long period of time until it becomes
so unbearable that victims lash out in frustration and anger, only to appear unstable and aggressive themselves. This, according to Hirigoyen, is the intent of many abusers: to systematically "destabilize" and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them and ultimately to destroy their identity. amazon.com
As stated above, psychological harassment can cause physical and psychological illness. Reports, statistics, and documents relating to how many people have suffered from burnouts, depression, suicide, and other illnesses caused by psychological harassment are hard to find.
Statistics on suicides are available. In some countries like Canada, suicide is the number one cause of death for men in different age groups. In the United States it is the third leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 and the second leading cause of death among those aged 25-34. We do not know what percentages of these suicides were caused by psychological harassment.
|Mental disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse) are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide. However, suicide results from many complex socio cultural factors and is more likely to occur during periods of socio-economic, family and individual crisis (e.g. loss of a loved one, employment, honour). Former site of Befrienders International.|
A few websites exist that claim that advanced technology is being used on people. The technology described can remotely induce pain, sexual stimulation, orgasms, and other sensations. Another technology described on these websites is about some kind of sound technology.
|Victims from all over the world have contacted an organization called CAHRA Citizens Against Human Rights Abuse to report various forms of harassment and torture. Victims have reported the use of mind control and the use of advanced technologies. All the victims describe the technology as unbelievably sophisticated.
One of the technologies described can induce different remote sensations on the body such as pain and sexual stimulation. The use of degrading themes such as pedophilia and homosexuality are also reported. Another technology described involves sound and is referred to as microwave hearing or voices in the head. Sleep deprivation and dream manipulation are also reported. Harassing manipulation of electronic equipment such as phone, TV, and computers are reported as well. Victims describe the mind control phenomena as cruel, debilitating, and compare it to mental rape. Many have been classified as psychologically ill and live in financial ruin.
Mindjustice - reported mind control symptoms eTorture - psychological manipulation and my Journal
Degrading themes are often used to try to prevent people from coming forward.When some people hear of psychological torture they often think of sleep depravation, repetitive sounds, and repetitive words. As already stated, psychological harassment and its many forms can have devastating effects on the victims, both physically and psychologically, and can induce a lot of suffering.
Strategies and tactics that are often used that victims can learn of are on the psychological manipulation page.