By Sandra L. Brown, M.A.
(Please refer to Part 1Am I Under His 'Spell?' )
Last month we started to talk about the very
REAL issue of trance in relationship with pathologicals.
Women feel "under his spell," "spell bound," "mesmerized," "hypnotized," "spaced out," and "not in control of their own thoughts". All of these are ways of saying that various levels of covert and subtle mind-control have been happening by the pathological. And why wouldn't it be happening? These are power-hungry people who live to exert their dominance over others.
The ‘physio-psycho-pneuma’ control exerted by the pathological includes control of your body (physio), mind (psycho), and/or spirit (pneuma). Mind Control techniques are used on prisoners of war, in cults, and in hostage taking. It obviously works or there wouldn't be "techniques" and bad people wouldn't use it.
Mind control, brain washing, coercion are all words for the same principles that are used to produce the results of reducing your own effectiveness and being emotionally overtaken by someone intent on doing so. Here are the conditions of mind control:
* Perceived threat to one's physical or psychological survival and the belief that the captor/perpetrator would carry out the threat.
* Perceived small kindness from the captor/perpetrator to the captive.
* Isolation from perspectives other than those of the captor/perpetrator.
* Perceived inability to escape.
Mind control then produces dissociation which is a form of a trance state. This occurs when the mind becomes overloaded causing one to "step outside of yourself" to relieve the stress. Dissociation and trance happen during abuse in childhood as well as in something like an adult rape. Prolonged mind control in adults will even produce trance states during which adults begin to feel like they are being controlled. All of this is common aftermath symptoms from exposure to pathology. A person’s normal psychology is not wired to be able to withstand exposure to someone else’s chronic, pathological, and abnormal psychology.
Next time, we'll continue our discussion on other forms of trance states and spellbound conditions.