Coercive control is dangerous to your mental health. It is sneaky, insidious, manipulative, and ultimately very destructive. These all-encompassing strategies to control someone’s realities, their personality, daily interactions may not seem to be like “real abuse”, but it is definitely very harmful. The goal is to completely overpower you until you no longer remember who you are, until the abuser has complete control over every aspect of your life, and of your very identity.
” Coercive control is a pattern of controlling behaviors over time more akin to terrorism and stalking . While psychological abuse does not always lead to physical violence, it is nearly always preceded and accompanied by psychological abuse . Coercive control represents the unseen psychological abuses victims experience in the most damaging relationships. The intent of coercive control is subjugation of the victim and complete control by the abuser.” https://coercivecontrolcollective.org/what-is-coercive-control/?fbclid=IwAR0r6RpFYarZpsAb9ruJJJDXjCIG21MCT-Eu1OyEoA98kY_H-F6065pcnOE
Coercive control is a very strategic, ongoing set of behaviors designed to erase the victim’s identity, free will, and critical thinking. Coercive Control
Outsiders can see bruises. They can readily identify physical injuries as abuse. But coercive control is fleeting, and sometimes seemingly insigificant to the outside observer. Coercive control operates under the radar, while being outwardly charming and agreeable to the rest of the world. Herein lies the biggest danger.
Coercive control takes some study. It takes time to identify for the outsider. This is a set of behaviors purposely designed to go undetected. If you sense someone is unhappy, if they don’t seem free to enjoy life, seem harried, stressed and walking on egghsells for someone else, pay attention! Coercive, manipulative and controlling behavior can be insidious. Take the time to know and understand what is going on. Coercive Control: The Hidden Side of Domestic Abuse