Isolation Techniques (Individual)

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Isolation Techniques employed by individuals {see Wikipedia article on Abuse} to socially isolate another individual {see Wikipedia article on Victimisation}; these behaviors are routinely used by the various classifications of psychological abusers towards their victims.[1][2][3][4]

The abuser employs some of the type of isolation techniques that cults do, such as: separation from family and community; taking control of the handling of the victim's resources and property; Undoing (Mind Control), physical isolation; extortion/dependency tactics; controlling victim's access to necessities.[4][5][6]

Specific Techniques

Following are a few of the specific techniques the abusive individual uses to isolate his victim:

  • Ostracism {see section on "Modern usage"} - the ignoring of and excluding of another individual by a social culture
  • Shunning - emotional distancing or cessation of interaction with an individual within a social group
  • The Silent Treatment - in a domestic setting, the continual or prolonged ignoring of an individual by refusing to speak to him or her
  • The Snub or The Cut - in a social setting, refusal to acknowledge another individual's presence
  • Qahr - an Iranian cultural practice of deliberate avoidance of interaction with another family member[7]
  • Inappropriate Sūtak[8] (Rules of Impurity) behavior towards family member
  • Inappropriate Caste Quarantina {see Wikipedia Article on Untouchable Caste}
  • Isolating victim by creating separate households within the family dwelling; also to facilitate denial of food & other necessities[9]
  • Undoing {see Wikipedia Article on Undoing, ref. ungeschehenmachen} a defense mechanism in which a person tries to 'undo' a thought or action by engaging in contrary behavior.
  • Displaced Mortido of victim's energy in the form of destruction, confiscation or physical displacement of victim's property [2][3]
  • Using Slander, Scapegoating, and Vilification[10] to isolate the victim socially.

Purpose of Isolation

Isolation of an individual in order to gain a position of power or control over that person are techniques used in various legally identified abuse situations such as Elder Abuse,[11][12] Domestic Abuse in Marriage and other forms of Domestic Partnerships,[1][13] and Child Abuse.[14][15][16] These same techniques are also used within such legally-accepted settings as Cults[17][18] and Fundamentalist Churches.[19][20][21]

The degree of power and control over the victim is contingent upon the degree of his physical or emotional isolation.[22][23]

Further reading

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Intimate Partner Violence and Common Tactics Used by Abusive Partners | Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center". 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Perspectives on Verbal and Psychological Abuse - Google Books". 2015-11-30. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Tactic #4 — Isolation". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "How Cults Operate". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  5. "9 Ways Groups Become Cults". Criminal Justice Degrees Guide. 2016-09-25. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  6. "Isolation - Cult Mind Control Techniques". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  7. "Interpersonal conflict and emotions in an Iranian cultural practice: qahr and ashti". Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 18 (3): 321–59. 1994. PMID 7956304. 
  8. Subscribe (2002-10-07). "Sūtak - Hindu Janajagruti Samiti". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  9. "Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook - Margi Laird McCue - Google Books". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  10. "Vilification - definition of vilification by The Free Dictionary". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  11. "What is Elder Abuse?". CANHR. 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  12. "Appendix B: Analysis of Elder Abuse and Neglect Definitions Under State Law | Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America | The National Academies Press". Template:Citation error. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  13. Perspectives on Verbal and Psychological Abuse, ed. Dr. Roland Maiuro, PhD, pub. 1989
  14. "Isolation-Emotional Abuse Answers". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  15. "Child physical abuse and self-perceived social isolation among adolescents". Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20 (12): 1663–84. 2005. Template:Citation error. PMID 16246923. 
  16. "Emotional abuse". NSPCC. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  17. "Cult Information Centre: Caring for Cult Victims". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  18. "How Cults Work". Cultwatch. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  19. "Why Christian Fundamentalists are Cults". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  20. "Welcome to - Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) Deception". 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  21. "Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems". 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  22. "The Theory and Practice of Blackmail". RAND. 1959-03-10. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  23. Ryan Richard Thoreson (2010-06-02). "Blackmail and Extortion of LGBT People in Sub-Saharan Africa | OutRight". Retrieved 2016-10-01.