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Psychological Warfare Against POWs and Against Ourselves


Elaine Isaak, a fellow Codexian and author of The Bastard Queen and two other novels, pointed me to an interesting post:

This was posted by another blogger, but I thought you might be interested from a Willpower perspective.  About how we can learn from North Korean POW camps:
It’s interesting how this kind of psychological warfare reflects particular types broken ideas, specifically mental filter, emotional reasoning, “should statements,” and probably labeling. There are other things at work here too; the post is worth a read for a different perspective on how we handle ourselves emotionally.

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Control, Direct Influence, and Indirect Influence

Handling negative emotions

should statements, such as “I shouldn’t have to do this without help!” or “I deserved that raise!” or “It’s not fair that it’s raining the weekend we were supposed to go camping!” (A note: “should statements” don’t necessarily contain the word “should”. A should statement is any thought or declaration declaring a need for someone or something else to do or not do something.) Should statements are a common example of a broken idea, a type of thinking that creates unnecessary trouble. To regard situations where we have influence only and not control in a healthy and constructive way, it’s important to come to terms with the possibility that things may not turn out the way we want them to.

Direct influence
Situations where we have influence come in two flavors: direct influence and indirect influence. Direct influence means that we can take specific steps to try to get the thing done. For instance, a person who wants a raise can usually go to his or her boss and request one, and someone who wants to be treated better by another person can confront that person.

Indirect influence
Indirect influence means that we can only take actions that encourage the results we want, but can’t control them or even push for a decision. Some examples of indirect influence are practicing more in order to have a better chance of winning a talent contest or writing letters to a representative to encourage a particular vote.

Social influence diagram by Bruce Dupree, via Anne Adrian.