Yes, in coercive tactics, communication is often highly controlled by the coercive person or group. Controlling communication is a powerful means to manipulate and influence individuals. Here are some ways in which communication can be controlled:
- Filtering and censorship: The coercive entity may selectively filter or censor the information that reaches the individual. They may restrict access to certain sources of information, such as news, media, or books, to shape the individual’s worldview and limit exposure to dissenting opinions.
- Monitoring and surveillance: Coercive tactics often involve close monitoring and surveillance of communication channels. This can include monitoring phone calls, emails, internet usage, or social media activity. By closely scrutinizing communication, the coercive person or group can detect any dissent or attempts to seek help and take corrective measures.
- Propaganda and indoctrination: Coercive individuals may use propaganda and indoctrination techniques to control the narrative and shape the beliefs and opinions of the individual. They may disseminate biased or distorted information that supports their agenda, making it difficult for the individual to access alternative viewpoints or critical analysis.
- Restricting contact with outsiders: Coercive tactics may involve limiting or prohibiting communication with people outside the coercive environment. This isolation prevents individuals from seeking guidance, support, or perspective from individuals who may offer a different viewpoint or challenge the coercive influence.
- Manipulation of language and discourse: Coercive entities may manipulate language and discourse to control communication. They may redefine or impose specific meanings on words or concepts to reinforce their ideology and suppress dissenting ideas. This can lead to a narrowing of vocabulary and a restricted range of acceptable thoughts and expressions.
By tightly controlling communication, the coercive person or group maintains dominance over the individual’s access to information, influences their thoughts and beliefs, and restricts their ability to seek help or escape the coercive environment.
It is essential to promote freedom of communication, encourage open dialogue, and be vigilant against attempts to control or manipulate communication for coercive purposes.
© Linda C J Turner