What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

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Rachel Umstrad
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What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

Post by Rachel Umstrad » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:20 pm

I think with the primary focus being on the character portion we should compile a list of the most common types of mental attacks, this way there can be a priority system, or something like the 80/20 principle used.

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Re: What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

Post by Daniel » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:33 pm

I think this is going to be a great thing to think about. I would break these down into different categories. Obviously I'm just now giving this some thought, so don't think this is all set in stone.

Overtly Hostile
I would probably start with ad hominem attacks. Just people being assholes. The next thing after this is probably other types of bullying, teasing, etc.

Covertly Hostile
These are things like manipulation and control. Gaslighting. Usually done in closer relationships. Abusive relationships, or others taking advantage of you (friends, family, coworkers, boss).

Logical Fallacies and Rhetoric
Mistakes in arguments, either intentionally or not. I will have to compile a list of these.
  • Ad hominem
  • Straw man
  • Appeal to ignorance
  • False dilemma/dichotomoy
  • Slippery slope
  • Circular argument
  • Hasty generalization
  • Red herring
  • Tu quoque
  • Causal fallacies (False calse, Post hoc, Cum hoc)
  • Appeal to authority
  • Equivocation
  • Bandwagon fallacy
  • Affirming the consequent
  • Fallacy of exclusion
  • Moral equivalency
  • Non sequitir
  • Naturalistic fallacy
  • Cherry picking
  • Fallacy fallacy
Scams
I think this could be a thing all on its own.

Falsities
Fake news is an obvious ones. Other things like slander, libel, and rumor.

In all of these cases, I think the approach will be the same throughout. We will start by learning to recognize each, and then learn how to respond. And of course, like any martial arts instruction, we should ideally learn several responses and get plenty of practice.
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Re: What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

Post by CKai » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:17 pm

The more of this stuff you point out, the more I appreciate how you're modeling it after martial arts. I don't know what half of that shit is. Me needs this!
Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?

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Re: What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

Post by Daniel » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:57 pm

Here's a recent article I just wrote that explains at least some of it.
https://medium.com/@dandonche/argue-lik ... 04bb9c53cb
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Re: What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

Post by CKai » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:58 pm

Yeah that was good. Keep writing those.
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Re: What are the most common types of "mental attack?"

Post by Mik Darkashian » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:03 am

Nowadays I see people most often trying to goad you into an argument, or trolling. People just trying to get a rise out of you. Tremendous time wasters.

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