Push Back!: How to Take a Stand Against Groupthink, Bullies, Agitators, and Professional Manipulators

Push Back!: How to Take a Stand Against Groupthink, Bullies, Agitators, and Professional Manipulators

by B. K. Eakman

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How many times have you had the unsettling experience of being treated as a troublemaker as soon as you question or raise an objection to a school policy, a textbook, a course of study, a new county regulation, or a community proposal?

Every day, attendees of conferences, community forums, PTA meetings, and board meetings are made to feel uncomfortable and occasionally foolish by the person or persons leading the meeting. The speakers, moderators, or provocateurs—whom author B. K. Eakman refers to as professional manipulators—hold power over the room and know how to steer the discussion back to their agendas without ever answering audience questions or addressing their concerns. These people use techniques to ostracize those brave enough to stand and question or criticize them.

With Push Back!, readers will be able to counter group manipulation tactics by learning to:

Recognize psychologically controlled environments
Identify the professional agitator/provocateur
Examine components of psych war
Undercut faulty, distorted, and biased arguments of opponents
Squelch techniques used to rebuff audience members who complain or balk
Neutralize consensus-building techniques
And much more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628738834
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 995,676
File size: 548 KB

About the Author

B. K. Eakman is an International Human Rights award winner, veteran educator, science writer, Washington political speech writer, and author of many books, including Cloning of the American Mind and Walking Targets. She has been a guest on more than six hundred talk shows and has presented a lecture series based on Push Back! since 2001. She resides in Kensington, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Beginner Course-Provocation and Consensus

Introduction 5

Section 1 Agents of Change and "Marginalization" 11

Section 2 "Medicalizing" Attitudes and Perceptions 25

Section 3 "Climate Control" 32

Section 4 From Provocation to Indoctrination 40

Section 5 The Principles of Psych War 45

Intermediate Course-Loose Logic

Introduction 55

Section 1 The Oversimplification 59

Section 2 The Smear 61

Section 3 The Hasty Generalization 64

Section 4 The False Hypothesis 66

Section 5 The False Analogy 72

Section 6 The Irrelevancy 74

Section 7 The Straw-Man Argument 75

Section 8 Circular Reasoning 77

Section 9 The Appeals 79

Section 10 Questionable Definitions 84

Practice Exercises: Deflecting Manipulation 87

Advanced Course-Hardball Attack Strategies

Introduction 101

Section 1 From Personal Attacks to "Broad Strokes" 104

Section 2 "Attack" Publications 110

Section 3 Who Do Our Opponents Think They Are? 115

Section 4 Classic Adversarial Maneuvers 118

Section 5 Circumvention and Pre-emption 122

Section 6 Campaigns, Elections, and Outrageous Litmus Tests 127

Section 7 How to Pursue Successful "Proactive" Counter-Measures 132

Post-Grad Course-Roots of Manipulation

Introduction 145

Section 1 Psy-Ops-The Threads, the Glue, and the Means 146

Section 2 The "Negative Trigger" Effect 155

Section 3 The Self-Disclosure Craze 162

Section 4 Sensitivity and Encounter Group (Training) 166

Section 5 Tale of Two Tavistocks 172

Behind the Scenes Summary 177

Self-Test 181

Self-Test Answers 201

Appendix 211

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