Perspecticide and percepticide, therefore, are two different words meaning two different, although similar, psychological phenomena.
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- Perspecticide means losing your agency, meaning your ability to think for yourself and make choices in your life, because of the abuse you have suffered.
- Percepticide means refusing to believe what you know, deep down, to be true.
They are both psychological defenses against the effects of trauma. They are both caused by terror, either in an intimate relationship or in a society. And they both show the power of the human mind to ignore or distort reality in order to survive.