Posted by jeremy on January 24, 2011 6:38 pm.
Organized harassment can be thought of as psychological manipulation, psychological torture, or even brainwashing. Sensitization is an important tool of manipulation, and often one of the very first steps in a campaign of organized harassment.
Sensitization involves making a target audience aware that a certain stimulus - a sound, shape or color, for example - is significant. This stimulus becomes part of a secret language shared between the target audience and the persons using the stimuli.
How a stimulus is made significant
Sensitization’s primary purpose is to make it possible to manipulate or provoke the target audience, deniably…
Pay attention to me: a person may go out of his way to draw your attention to the stimulus. Or, someone may display obvious aggression (again, catching your attention) while delivering the stimulus: the honking of a car horn; an article of clothing; his ethnicity; and so on.
Repetition: the stimulus may occur far more often than chance allows.
Doing it to yourself: when trying to “catch the stalkers”, for example, you may study the license plates of cars that seem to be involved. In this example, you’re training yourself to pay attention to license plate codes, setting yourself up for disturbing exposures later.
Stimuli targets get sensitized to, and how they’re all alike
There are a wide variety of possible stimuli, but there’s one characteristic they all share: they’re all extremely common. This strategy serves a few purposes.
- The stimuli the target has been sensitized to will be available in a wide variety of scenarios, to be used at a moment’s notice.
- It’s easy to deny. These stimuli could come from any number of sources with no obvious connection to a psychological warfare campaign.
- The target can expect to encounter the stimulus repeatedly, and he may end up right where his harassers want him - grappling with demons that his own mind has created, imagining total innocents to be ‘in on it’.
Objectives; and, observations
Sensitization is great for covert operations involving illegal or quasi-legal activity, with ‘buffers’ to shield higher-ups from the consequences of what their henchmen do. (Deniability is a good buffer.) This tactic is a good fit for intelligence organizations.
Once sensitized, the target audience is in a position to receive secret messages which the general public will not notice. In short, sensitization’s primary purpose is to make it possible to manipulate or provoke the target audience, deniably.
For a targeted individual, the provocation comes from the disturbing manner in which stimuli are delivered. The manipulation comes from what the TI is led to believe the placement, frequency, and timing of the stimuli must mean.
You may have drawn several conclusions from the sounds and sights you were exposed to, and their context. But you’ve never been told those conclusions directly; you were allowed to believe them.
In principle, there’s nothing wrong with sending or receiving secret messages; however, you should only act on secret messages as a peer, not as a minion scurrying about trying to divine the will of unseen or even imagined masters. If you form opinions or act on the basis of these messages without knowing their significance, you’re a puppet in the hands of the messages’ originators.
To restore your free will and counter the manipulative nature of the secret messages, you have to know what you’re being asked to do. Without that knowledge – and you’re never going to know by what “they” tell you – you might as well learn to ignore the messages.
Trap #1: mental illness trap
A person who has been sensitized should be careful in complaining about the stimuli. Ill-considered complaints will support a psychiatric diagnosis of delusions of reference (a delusional belief that common events refer to the complainant).1
Trap #2: gathering ‘evidence’
Having had his eyes opened to a secret world, or so he imagines, a targeted individual or member of a targeted audience may seek to gather proof with which to win the public over. By obsessively searching for instances of the stimuli to document, the person is playing into his manipulators’ hands - he’s hyper-sensitizing himself to the stimuli.
There are three basic approaches to teaching yourself to ignore the provocations associated with secret messages.
By deliberately over-exposing yourself to the stimuli, you’ll become desensitized to them.
- Move to an area where you can expect to experience the stimulus frequently.
- Play audio stimuli in a portable music player.
- Watch visual stimuli in movies, or scatter them all over the place.
- If the stimulus is time-themed, you could set a computerized alarm to go off during those times.
If the use of a stimulus is obvious and in public (usually involving an actor), draw peoples’ attention to it - but don’t be predictable about this.
For example, when I was having lunch with another TI in a cafeteria, a beggar entered the room and headed directly for our table, ignoring everyone else, and asked me for change. I exclaimed loudly, “Did you see that? The beggar didn’t go anywhere else– just my table. This happens all the time!”
If you’re willing to be confrontational, but you’re also unpredictable about it, you can expect the tactics you’re exposing to be dropped.
This strategy is not recommended, but if you feel that a particular ethnicity or type of person has it in for you, it can be very hard to convince yourself otherwise until you’ve had a respite. Try finding some place to live where you’re not going to run into them. (If you’re moving into an apartment building, you could request as a condition of your lease that if any of the next door neighbors are a nuisance, you have the right to move out immediately.)