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Q & A – How can I prove Undue influence?

Undue influence refers to a situation in which one person exerts an improper amount of control or influence over another person, typically in order to persuade or coerce them to do something they would not normally do.

In legal contexts, undue influence may be used as a basis for challenging the validity of a contract, will, or other legal document. For example, if a person is pressured or manipulated into signing a contract, that contract may be deemed unenforceable due to undue influence.

Undue influence can take many forms, ranging from subtle coercion to outright threats or abuse. It may involve a power imbalance between the parties, such as an elderly person being influenced by a caregiver, or a vulnerable person being influenced by a person in a position of authority.

To establish that undue influence has occurred, a court may consider factors such as the vulnerability of the victim, the nature and timing of the alleged influence, and whether the victim was able to make an independent and informed decision. Undue influence is often difficult to prove, and the burden of proof is typically on the party alleging that it occurred.

Overall, undue influence is considered to be a form of abuse and is widely recognized as a violation of individual autonomy and freedom of choice. Many countries have laws and regulations in place to protect vulnerable individuals from undue influence and to ensure that contracts and other legal documents are entered into freely and voluntarily.

©Linda Turner 2023

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Coercive psychological persuasion

Coercive psychological persuasion is a form of influence that uses psychological tactics to manipulate a person into doing something they would not normally do. It is different from other forms of influence because it relies on psychological tactics to manipulate a person’s emotions and thoughts in order to get them to do something they would not normally do. It is often used in situations where the person being influenced is in a vulnerable position and is not able to make an informed decision.

What is Coercive psychological persuasion?

Coercive psychological persuasion is a form of psychological manipulation that is used to influence a person’s beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors. It is a form of psychological manipulation that is used to influence a person’s beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors by using psychological pressure, threats, or intimidation. This type of persuasion is often used in situations where the person being persuaded is in a vulnerable position and is not able to make an informed decision.

Examples of Coercive psychological persuasion

1. Guilt Tripping: Guilt tripping is a form of psychological manipulation in which someone attempts to make another person feel guilty for their actions or lack thereof. This is done by making them feel responsible for something they may not have done or by making them feel like they are not doing enough.

2. Fearmongering: Fearmongering is a form of psychological manipulation in which someone attempts to create fear in order to influence the behavior of another person.

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Cult Programming That Causes PA

Through my work, I have had the opportunity to learn from and train with Dr. Amy J. L. Baker, a developmental psychologist and expert on Parental Alienation and its long-lasting negative effects.

According to Dr. Baker, there are seventeen primary parental alienation strategies that have been scientifically identified. They fall into the following five categories:

  • poisonous messages to the child about the targeted parent in which he or she is portrayed as unloving, unsafe, and unavailable
  • limiting contact and communication between the child and the targeted parent
  • erasing and replacing the targeted parent in the heart and mind of the child
  • encouraging the child to betray the targeted parent’s trust
  • undermining the authority of the targeted parent

Parental Alienation is a form of undue influence in which one parent deceives and manipulates the child to feel fear, anger, disgust, or other negative emotions towards the other parent. The alienating parent may attempt to instill false memories of abuse or phobias about the other parent in the child’s mind. They may encourage the child to spy and tattle on the other parent. In other words, parents who unethically alienate their child against the other parent use similar tactics that cults use to distance their members from family, friends, and ex-members.

Experts have long studied the effects of divorce on children. A landmark study was detailed in the New York Times best-selling book, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce by Wallerstein, Lewis and Blakeslee. It can harm identity formation, disrupt secure attachment, create insecurities about trust and relationships, and more. When a family is broken by divorce or separation, children will usually feel stressed or confused. They may not understand what is happening. Or they may wonder if they are to blame for the break-up. Good parenting will always put the best interest of the child’s well–being as a top priority. It is especially more important than the parent’s ego. Therefore, relationship experts always tell divorcing parents to avoid saying negative things and to encourage a positive relationship with the other parent.

Cult Programming That Causes Parental Alienation is Absolutely Dangerous

Systematic mind control programming of children against their non-custodial parent is absolutely dangerous. As a mental health professional, I have long worked with children and adults who have suffered from parental alienation as a result of exiting a destructive cult, like Scientology and the Jehovah’s Witnesses (but is a very common practice of all cults). The Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, have a documented history of efforts to manipulate ex-members by threatening disfellowshipping and legal wrangling to keep children inside the Watchtower group. Children are told that anyone who rejects the Witness lifestyle is dangerous and “part of Satan’s world”–even immediate family members. Watchtower has even published a guide for followers to use when facing a non-believing parent in court to get custody of the children. A PDF of this document can be accessed here. Scientology has their total disconnection policy if someone is declared a Suppressive Person (SP).

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Dominate people by concealed methods.

Use signals (post-hypnotic cues) to trigger conditioned responses.

The signals include gestures, lights, symbols, words, sounds, smells, touches, substances, etc.

Coordinate the exploitation and secrecy.

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Control and Abuse Basics

Deception: Hidden and disguised recruitment, training, and activities.

Debility: Physical, biological, and psychological attacks weaken individuals.

Dependency: Tactics and drugs employed destroy self-sufficiency and force reliance on manipulators.

Dread: Cruelty and confusion techniques create depression, uncertainty, numbness, fear, and rage.

Dysfunctions: Methods cause memory loss (amnesia), blocking of awareness (dissociation), hypnotic trance, and mindless obedience.

Double Amnesia: Procedures make people unaware of their lost memories (amnesia for amnesia).

Derangement: Diminished thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are replaced with induced responses.

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Controlling Behaviour Without Consent

Exploitative techniques control behavior without consent. Human predators coerce others into fulfilling their desires with these techniques, which include alienation, and the tricks of brainwashing, coercive control, manipulation, mind control, thought reform or undue influence. Propaganda and indoctrination replace honest and open communication. Hypnosis and the induction of fervor are used to create radicalization and religious extremism in a totalitarian environment, where discussion and dissent are forbidden.

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“Artificially Induced Superego”

R.W. White was a psychoanalytically-oriented psychiatrist and research hypnotist. He saw in hypnosis a “transference of the loving, hating and fearing attitudes which were first aroused by the parents” to the operator. (“An Analysis of Motivation in Hypnosis, “ p. 154) Kubie and Margolin were also Freudian-oriented research hypnotists. They said that hypnosis is essentially the displacement of the conscious mind’s (ego) control by

…a complex image of the hypnotist which becomes part of the subject. This image functions in the subject as does the residue of parental images in adults. It delimits memories and contacts, dictates purposes, distributes inner rewards and inner punishments, and engenders strong affects. In some measure, therefore, it temporarily dispossesses the earlier authorities (i.e., the superego), or merges with them…The incorporated image of the hypnotist plays the same role in the hypnotic subject as does the incorporated and unconscious image of the parental figure in the child or adult. Hypnosis thus is seen to be an experimental reproduction of a natural developmental process. (Kubie and Margolin, “The Process of Hypnotism and the Nature of the Hypnotic State”)

A hypnotic subject accepts the hypnotist as an unconscious displacement for his or her own ego the way a child unconsciously incorporates parental points of view.

In the induction stage the hypnotist becomes for a time the sole representative of the external world and, once hypnosis has been achieved, while the subject reinstates his normal boundaries in both time and place, the hypnotist remains incorporated within his conscience as “an experimentally induced super- ego figure. (Ibid.)

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The Rape of the Mind

The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing

This book is about thought control in general and about brainwashing or menticide in particular. Its somewhat alarming title attests to the author’s journalistic talent but seems to reflect also his deep concern about the sinister subject of this work. During World War II, while he was still in Holland, the author saw some of the effects and learned about the methods of this new weapon of totalitarianism. A number of his countrymen who were members of the underground movement had been subjected to the methodical use of torture and mental coercion by the Nazis and came to him for psychiatric treatment. Finally, he too was exposed to the subtle brutality of this systematic “destruction of man’s mind.” His interest in menticide was deepened by the trial of Cardinal Mindszenty and by the reports on the indoctrination and collaboration of American and British prisoners of war during the Korean war,

Pathological Lying

Mythomania (also known as pseudologia fantastica or pathological lying)

In psychologymythomania (also known as pseudologia fantastica or pathological lying) is a condition involving compulsive lying by a person with no obvious motivation. The affected person might believe their lies to be truth, and may have to create elaborate myths to reconcile them with other facts.

pathological liar is someone who often embellishes his or her stories in a way that he or she believes will impress people. It may be that a pathological liar is different from a normal liar in that a pathological liar believes the lie he or she is telling to be true—at least in public—and is “playing” the role. He or she sometimes is seen to have a serious mental problem that needs to be rectified.

It is not clear, however, that this is the case. It could also be that pathological liars know precisely what they are doing. Confused hashes of history and wishes are called confabulation. “Pathological liar” is a synonym for symptoms. No one has proposed a drug treatment for politicians accused of having this symptom.

Even though pathological lying is not recognized as a clinical disorder, legal court cases often require that you prove that the defendant is aware that he or she is lying. This proof is most important in cases of slander and/or liability. Pathological liars often actually convince themselves that they are telling the truth, which in turn can alter polygraph tests and other questioning.

When caught in a lie, pathological liars tend to become hostile or try to disregard the fact they lied; often playing it off as a joke.

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Mind Control Tactics


Increase suggestibility and “soften up” the individual through specific hypnotic or other suggestibility-increasing techniques such as: Extended audio, visual, verbal, or tactile fixation drills, Excessive exact repetition of routine activities, Sleep restriction and/or Nutritional restriction.


Establish control over the person’s social environment, time and sources of social support by a system of often-excessive rewards and punishments. Social isolation is promoted. Contact with family and friends is abridged, as is contact with persons who do not share group-approved attitudes. Economic and other dependence on the group is fostered.


Prohibit disconfirming information and non supporting opinions in group communication. Rules exist about permissible topics to discuss with outsiders. Communication is highly controlled. An “in-group” language is usually constructed.


Make the person re-evaluate the most central aspects of his or her experience of self and prior conduct in negative ways. Efforts are designed to destabilize and undermine the subject’s basic consciousness, reality awareness, world view, emotional control and defense mechanisms. The subject is guided to reinterpret his or her life’s history and adopt a new version of causality.


Create a sense of powerlessness by subjecting the person to intense and frequent actions and situations which undermine the person’s confidence in himself and his judgment.


Create strong aversive emotional arousals in the subject by use of nonphysical punishments such as intense humiliation, loss of privilege, social isolation, social status changes, intense guilt, anxiety, manipulation and other techniques.


Intimidate the person with the force of group-sanctioned secular psychological threats. For example, it may be suggested or implied that failure to adopt the approved attitude, belief or consequent behavior will lead to severe punishment or dire consequences such as physical or mental illness, the reappearance of a prior physical illness, drug dependence, economic collapse, social failure, divorce, disintegration, failure to find a mate, etc.

These tactics of psychological force are applied to such a severe degree that the individual’s capacity to make informed or free choices becomes inhibited. The victims become unable to make the normal, wise or balanced decisions which they most likely or normally would have made, had they not been unknowingly manipulated by these coordinated technical processes. The cumulative effect of these processes can be an even more effective form of undue influence than pain, torture, drugs or the use of physical force and physical and legal threats.