- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145051913X
- ISBN-13: 978-1450519137
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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About the Author
Beverly Eakman: * Educator, 9 years: English, Literature, Debate; 7th grade remedial through 12th grade advanced and debate team, 1968-1974, 1979-1981. * Science Editor, Technical Writer and Editor-in-Chief of official newspaper, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1974-1979. Technical piece, "David, the Bubble Baby," picked up by popular press and turned into a movie starring John Travolta. * Chief speech writer, National Council for Better Education, 1984-1986; for the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Commission on the Bicentennial of the US Constitution, 1986-1987; for the Voice of America, 1987-1989; and for U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), 1991-1993. Writer-editor, DOJ, 1994-2004. * Author: six books on education since 1991, including the internationally acclaimed Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education (Huntington House 1998), Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks, and A Common Sense Platform for the 21st Century. Columnist for NewsWithViews.com. * Published articles: Education Week, Chronicles Magazine, The Washington Times, Insight Magazine, National Review, Crisis Magazine, Vital Speeches, The Washington Post, and more 1985-present. * Executive Director: National Education Consortium, co-founded 1994, education & privacy law.
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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. Also, there is a type of psychological Strategic Defense Initiative that one can adopt and employ to render powerless any and all mental coercion techniques, but it is not described in the book.
That being said, this tome is a pretty good introduction to the topic of psychological manipulation. If you are middle-aged and at one point had a keen interest in this topic, even you will likely learn something new from this book. And if you are in your twenties and think that you are too trusting or have been told by others that you are too trusting, don't think twice about clicking the "Add to Cart" button on this page--you very likely need to read this book, and recall that being as innocent as a dove and as wise as a serpent are not mutually exclusive conditions.
I also found multiple instances where the author pushed her viewpoints in the book using the same manipulation tactics she decried in others a few pages earlier. So she came across as a bit of a dishonest author in that regard.
Not very well written though.
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They fool people into thinking they have input in the discussions.