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How to Counter Group Manipulation Tactics: The Techniques of Unethical Consensus-Building Unmasked Paperback – January 1, 2003
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Eakman describes many of the main weapons that manipulators use, including the familiar Hegelian and Alinskyite tactics. She shows how manipulators (who the author says frequently attempt to give themselves the euphemistic name of "facilitator") attempt to coerce individuals into adopting group beliefs, to trick an individual into thinking that the group's predetermined consensus was in fact the individual's own idea, and to make the individual think that he has input into the group's decision when in fact he does not.
When reading this book it may seem depressing to realize how easy it is nowadays for someone to control a group, but Eakman provides many countermoves one can use to avoid being manipulated or demoralized and to hold your ground in meetings--and she provides a splendid rejoinder one can use to deflect ad hominem attacks.
Some years ago I took an interest in this topic and became, if something less than an expert, at least a fairly serious armchair student of manipulation tactics, so I was intrigued when I saw a link to this book last May. This book is not exhaustive--I can think of quite a few of the lowest and foulest manipulation techniques that were not covered in this book, and there was one example in the book that fell flat due to an inaccurate statement.Read more ›
In a present culture of trying to wade through the reams of personal opinions, Beverly's work always provides a welcoming, stabilizing, foundation.
Americans need more doses of facts and realities as offered by folks like Beverly Eakman.
Why? To stop the force feeding of caustic lies and fiction that deliberately serves the purpose of perforating our Constitution.
For one example, I heard a reporter on Sunday Morning refer to DDT as, "the deadly chemical..." when in fact, DDT is not a deadly chemical! But, it's necessary for Depopulationists such as George Soros to perpetuate this lie, in order to achieve their goal of allowing millions to continue dying of malaria.
Ms. Eakman's work gives real time...opportunity. The powers that be, would do well for America if they'd take heed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very informational book. It deals with subjects that all of us as citizens should be familiar with in our changing world.Published 12 months ago by Gary Hukriede
Bev Eakman is an amazing researcher. Everyone who cares about their community and attends public meetings should be aware of the techniques used to manipulate them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Erin Ryan
I found the book very true. These tactics are used in meetings to bring consensus in a group.
They fool people into thinking they have input in the discussions.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt frustrated at a school board, "community forum", or other political meeting. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Koos deWet
This book is very well written by someone who knows what she's talking about. If you wish to inform yourself on group manipulation tactics (such as the Delphi Technique) currently... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Jersey Genealogist
I was hopeful that this book might provide special insights into group processes, how to react, and direct them. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by SaysWho?
This is a great primer on how we get manipulated to go along with, and possibley even support, things we would not normally agree to. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by cptcaver