What is gang-stalking (mobbing or mob-stalking are common related terms)? This is a colloquial expression (most likely with propagandistic origins) that is used to describe investigative methods, provocation, psychological harassment and other tools used by intelligence agencies. In this series of posts (starting with Gang Stalking and Christians), I share my experiences in using Christian principles to overcome acts of injustice and repeated attacks by individuals organized and engaged in these practices. These principles, contained in the Bible have helped me to navigate successfully the deceptive and at times dangerous encounters I have faced. Highlighted chapters from my story are found below.
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Stop Talking (or Thinking) About Gangstalking!
Written Sept. 8, 2019
Words have power. By means of carefully chosen words, you can be convinced to believe in something that doesn’t exist or that is willfully misleading. The vocabulary of gangstalking is a collection of words and terms with a malicious and cruel motive: To destabilize your thinking, instill fear and make you vulnerable to ideas that are forced upon you.
The Power of Suggestion
No doubt you are familiar with the classic children’s fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” by Hans Christian Anderson. In this parable, an ancient Emperor, blinded by his own arrogance, is tricked by deceitful weavers who pretend to make him a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. In reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new “clothes”, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
How was the Emperor so thoroughly deceived? His arrogance and vanity convinced him that an outrageous lie was in fact true. The Emporer’s subjects denied an obvious truth (that the Emperor was naked) out of a mixture of fear of appearing ignorant and peer pressure. All, for their own reasons, succumbed to willful and open deception. The weapon of choice that defeated them all was the power of suggestion.
That parable highlights that under the right conditions we can all be grossly misled by the power of suggestion. The dictionary defines suggestion as a psychological process in which people are manipulated by a scene, an image, a word, or a situation.
When our thinking is overwhelmed by fear and peer pressure (like the Emperor’s subjects), we become highly susceptible to deceptive suggestions that we would normally reject.
Think back to the first time you heard or saw the expression ‘gangstalking‘. My first memory of that term was seeing it mentioned some years ago on a bit of graffiti scrawled on a wall near my residence. “Stop Gangstalking,” it said. At the time, I was experiencing intense harassment that made no sense to me. Would this word, that suddenly appeared in my life for the first time provide an explanation? I was anxious, fearful and desperately searching for answers. The power of suggestion began to work on my thinking. I ‘Googled’ the term, beginning a descent into the sordid and make-believe world of gangstalking. Like the Emperor’s subjects, out of fear, I began to accept something that was an unreality, a lie. I was deceived.
The more you are sucked into the mythological world of Gangstalking, the further you’re lead away from the truth.
When you enter the world of Gangstalking vocabulary and mythology, your altered reality is reinforced by anonymous sources who write and speak on this subject on the Internet through blogs and social media. You may also be surrounded by new “friends” seeking to capitalize on the fears amplified by gangstalking mythology. They are all in fact ‘actors’ whose intent is to deceive you into accepting an unreality. Why?
Why Gangstalking Mythology is So Dangerous
You are voluntarily and eagerly entering a world of unverifiable information from unknown, untrustworthy sources at a time when anxiety and fear have made you highly susceptible to suggestion. Like a sponge, you soak up what you see and hear. Your hunger for answers is being fed by deceitful ideas that slyly corrode your self-esteem, overwhelming you with anxiety, fear, and doubt. You become isolated, vulnerable and open to suggestion.
You will never understand the truth about the harassment you are enduring if your mind is blinded by the mythology of gangstalking.
Why You Should Discard Gangstalking Vocabulary
If you want to begin to find the real methods and motives behind your harassment or mistreatment, you must do so within the context of the formal vocabulary used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, academia, and the legal profession. Because that vocabulary is not used by the common man, obvious truths can hide in plain sight and never be discovered. Gangstalking always uses illegitimate language, never the proper terminology employed by intelligence agencies, law enforcement, lawyers or academics. Yet, the injustices experienced by those victimized by so-called ‘gangstalking’ can only be logically explained by the vocabulary of:
B: Academia: The research that forms the basis for the methods and weapons employed by law enforcement often starts in academia. Academics also may argue about the pros and cons of newly developed technologies and methodologies employed by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Often, that information can be found online in white papers, research papers and case studies.
C: The Legal Profession: Often lawyers must defend individuals who have had experiences similar to yours. Often, their cases, opinions, and arguments on the ethics of practices employed by law enforcement and intelligence agencies are found online, revealing insights that will help you to understand your experiences better.
Doing the research and mastering this new vocabulary is a mental challenge. However, it is the only way to start piecing together the truth. Plus, when you do speak about your experiences, you will employ words and expressions based in reality, not the mythology of gangstalking.
There is another benefit as well. Your reactions to what you undergo will be guided by informed thinking, not blind emotion. You may also discover legal rights and proper methods for addressing the injustices you may be experiencing.
The Personal Benefits of Discarding Gangstalking Vocabulary
Let’s consider an example of how this works:
A common term used by academia (especially in the study of psychology) is “social undermining.” “Social undermining is (defined as) the expression of negative emotions directed towards a particular person or negative evaluations of the person as a way to prevent the person from achieving their goals. This behavior can often be attributed to certain feelings, such as dislike or anger.”
As you do personal research of this term, you will discover clinical and detailed academic discussions of how social undermining has been used in business settings and by intelligence agencies to destabilize and undermine the progress of individuals. Social undermining is a legitimate description of the tactics that may be used against you. By using this academic expression, rather than any slang that springs from gangstalking mythology, you can, in turn, provide an intelligent and informed explanation of your own experiences that reasonable, intelligent people can understand and accept.
As you read information from credible sources that use proper terminology, take note of other words and expressions they use that may shed light on your experiences. Research these as well. It’s like slowly finding the scattered pieces of a puzzle. You may not find all of the pieces, but you will find enough to understand more about what you may be experiencing. With time, more pieces to the puzzle are likely to appear. So don’t stop searching credible sources.
As you study and use proper terminology (not the fear-inducing propagandistic language of gangstalking) you become well informed. This can help you to maintain better control of your own emotions and responses. You acquire clarity in your thinking, not the fog of fear and anxiety that is induced by the vocabulary of gangstalking.
How to Resist Dangerous Persuaders
No doubt, you will find that individuals enter your life to exploit the anxieties and fears developed by gangstalking mythology for some ulterior motive. They seek to use your vulnerable state to inject their own ideas and control your decision-making process.
A key to addressing this challenge is found in the Bible in the form of a compliment given to the ancient Beroeans by the Bible writer Paul. The Bible mentions that the Beroeans accepted the word (religious truths) taught by Paul, while “carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” -Acts 17:11
In other words, they did not accept what Paul taught them without verifying it for themselves. They were not gullible or lazy minded. They proved to themselves by personal study and research that what they were being taught was true.
What’s the point? Verify. Never accept what you are told simply because the source appears to be someone in authority or they give you their word. You may be deceived. If you are making important decisions, make sure you have all the facts before doing so. Know your rights. Again, it will require effort and thinking ability to do this. Make the effort. This one of the greatest forms of protection you have against the crafty use of the power of suggestion.
Also, it is unwise to make important decisions while you are under extreme stress or emotional duress. Avoid the pressure to do so. Give yourself the time needed to think clearly and research your options.
It may seem silly to suggest that we can be fooled as easily as the Emperor and his subjects in the classic fable “The Emporer’s New Clothes.” However, the deceptive strategy featured in that parable has been used to deceive entire nations into adopting dangerous ideas. Gangstalking is a dangerous idea that can derail your good judgment and make you the victim of malicious deceivers of the mind. Protect yourself by rejecting the mythology of gangstalking!
Click on the image above to read my encounters with gang stalking in chapter order.
A Cautionary Tale
“A man of knowledge restrains his words, And a discerning man will remain calm.” – Proverbs 17:27
One of the realities of life that attends being a Black male in these United States is the risk of unpleasant encounters with law enforcement personnel. I have had my share. Indeed, the pattern of harassment that I have endured for the past two decades has included a number of such incidents. Thankfully, they have all turned out well. For good reason, I mentally rehearse how to respond to such potential encounters as part of my preparation for the day. I remind myself to stay calm and to carefully measure my responses to such encounters in a way that stays well within the boundaries of civility and respect. My life depends on it.
My ability to do that has been sorely tested at times. Perhaps, no more so than during the three years I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. I moved to Phoenix during a time when I was infatuated with all things Southwestern. Moving here allowed me to explore all of the natural attractions of Arizona at my leisure, something I always look back upon fondly. It also meant enduring a period of intensified harassment by uniformed police officers in the city proper whenever I was in my vehicle.
No one walks in Phoenix. Perhaps due to the notoriously intense summer heat and city planning that is not pedestrian friendly, it is a city where few souls are ever seen on public streets. You drive everywhere. Likely, it is for this reason that my harassment here was predominated by uniformed officers in marked police cars.
Not a week would pass here without my being stopped by police in traffic for what seemed to me to be contrived and trivial reasons. Oddly, I was never ticketed, yet on a weekly basis, I would be pulled over while driving. So much so, that I would do a walk-around of my car daily before leaving home, checking that all the lights were working and everything was up to par. Also, I was very conscious of strictly obeying traffic laws. Yet, week after week, the traffic stops by uniformed officers continued.
Once, on a Sunday morning, while driving to my place of worship, I was stopped and detained for supposedly making a lane change without using a turn signal. I was required to stand by my vehicle for a half hour in the 106-degree summer heat while officers from two police cars with flashing lights held my license and registration. They were laughing and chatting in their vehicle as I stood outside my car. Many of my fellow congregants drove by during that time, no doubt wondering why I was being detained. In hindsight, as I was new to the area, this may have been done to damage my reputation with my congregation. I prayed intensely for the strength to remain calm. I knew that any improper response on my part would turn out badly. Finally, the officers returned my ID and left. My stomach was churning in frustration. Yet, I had ‘conquered the evil with the good’ by exercising restraint once again. That was not easy.
Now, here is why I call this a cautionary tale. On one occasion, my frustration did get the better of me. One of the forms of harassment I experienced while driving in Phoenix were police vehicles with sirens and flashing lights continually speeding up behind me. I would pull over, expecting to be detained once again. Once I did so, the officer would simply drive by, never stopping. This was no coincidence. It would take place three to five time per week, sometimes twice in a day.
Frustration was building within me. Unwisely, I was allowing my inner peace to be chipped away. On this one day, blinded by emotion, I decided to confront one of the officers who engaged in this harassment. I drove up next to his police cruiser and motioned that I wanted to speak to him. “Have the courage to tell me why you are doing this.” I thought to myself. I simply wanted a face to face conversation. Why? Why am I being treated this way?
He pretended not to see me. That only added to my frustration. I started honking my horn and gesturing all the more. He ignored me. It seems that this went on for at least three miles as we drove side by side. I had no thought of malice toward this officer. I just want to know why you are doing this? Who is behind it? Talk to me! Persistently, I followed his vehicle.
Finally, the officer slows down and turns into a side street. This is a two-way street in a residential area that dead-ended in a cul-de-sac. The officer drives into the cul-de-sac and stops, getting out of his car. I park behind him and get out of my car.
Consider my frame of mind at that moment. I just wanted an answer to one question. Why? In my determination to ask that question, I had thrown all caution to the wind. Emotion was controlling my actions, not reason.
The officer stood alone. I explained why I wanted to speak to him. I told him about the pattern of harassment I was enduring, and that I believed that his actions were part of that pattern. “Why are police officers doing this? What do you have against me?”
I stood about eight feet away from the officer. He was a white male, in his late thirties it seemed, of average build and height. His posture was relaxed and non-threatening. However, in a low tone of voice, he begins a very strange response. He never addresses me personally, but refers only to ‘people like me.’ As he does so, he describes these ‘people like me’ by using a string of highly derogatory racial slurs. There was nothing subtle about his words. They were meant to be inflammatory. I was being provoked!*
“Before the quarrel has burst forth, take your leave.” – Proverbs 17:14
In that moment, his corrosive words cleared my head like a strong slap to the face. Suddenly, I realized that my unreasoning emotions had led me to a very dangerous place. His stream of vile speech continued, but I was no longer listening. I was assessing my surroundings as quickly as I could think. Nothing positive would be gained by continuing this conversation. Just leave, I thought to myself . . . You are in danger . . . Say nothing, do not even make a single gesture that could be interpreted as hostile . . . Get in your car and leave. Now! Clear, rational thoughts were replacing blind emotion. Those thoughts guided my next response.
“A man of knowledge restrains his words, And a discerning man will remain calm.” – Proverbs 17:27
“Have a good day Officer.” With those words, I interrupted his provocative tirade. I made no further reply. I turned away, being careful to smile and use a pleasant tone of voice. As I walked to my car, I was careful not to make any gestures that could be interpreted as hostile. I never glanced behind me as I drove away. My heart was pounding, and I was shaking. It seemed to take forever to leave that street.
Now, as the effects of my frustration wore off, I began to take stock of what had just happened. First, it was pure foolishness on my part that had brought me here. I had allowed my emotions to guide me, and they put my life in danger. One by one, I began to review the actions taken by this officer.
Why did he turn into this street, one ending in a cul-de-sac? No doubt, it ensured that I was trapped should things spin out of control. While I did not see any other police vehicles, the officer certainly had time to set up a dragnet surrounding that cul-de-sac. I am convinced that they were waiting out of sight. That street was chosen because there was only one way out.
Also, while that officer’s speech was laced with derogatory racial epithets, his visual demeanor appeared unusually calm and relaxed, clearly at odds with his provocative choice of words. Why? Could it be that this encounter was being video recorded? Since I was being provoked, the recorded visual impression (as well as the impression given to any potential onlookers) would make it appear that I was the instigator of any potential hostility. Clearly, he wanted to provoke a negative, angered response from me while making himself appear benign. That would give him an excuse to do me further harm.
Thirdly, why didn’t he address me directly? The pattern of harassment I was enduring was covert in nature. None of the participants ever admits their role or why I am targeted. Certainly, this officer was not going to do so either.
I was deeply shaken by how badly things could have gone. Thankfully, I had regained my senses just in time.
I learned a powerful lesson that day. I had allowed frustration and anger to taint my thinking and actions. I did not think before responding. My emotions took over and could have made things go very badly for me. “Do not be quick to take offense, for the taking of offense lodges in the bosom of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9
As is so often the case in these encounters, what can do the greatest harm is not the actions of my harassers but my response to their provocation. What is more, a single bad decision, made in frustration, could have led to disastrous life-changing consequences. I was now more determined than ever to cultivate and maintain self-control, never allowing frustration to reach the boiling point. Although the harassment continued in the days that followed, I kept my emotions in check. That encounter forced me to reflect deeply on the importance of always thinking before responding. By doing so, it better prepared me to cope successfully with the years of harassment and provocation that have followed.
Think, Don’t Act on Emotion!
*In this encounter, it would have been quite easy to react emotionally to the extreme prejudice expressed in the Officer’s words. The officer’s vitriolic comments were, in fact, a psychological bait, designed to lure me into making an angered, negative response. My past experience with provocation harassment schemes helped me to identify his tactics.
The officer attacked what he assumed to be a likely anger trigger, my sensitivity as a Black male to racism. The campaign of mistreatment by police officers up to that point was intended to fuel my frustration. It was all done with the expectation that I would react predictably, in outrage. They had a well-planned strategy in place if I did so. Any negative reaction to his provocation would give him an excuse to take control of me or cause me harm.
Here is where my exercise of insight was essential. The officer’s words were an act of instrumental aggression, not hostile aggression. This was not simply an expression of personal hostility by the officer. Rather, it was instrumental, in that, it was carried out to achieve a specific goal or result.
“Hostile aggression is intentional with the purpose to inflict pain. Hostile aggression is often motivated by anger. In contrast, instrumental aggression is not motivated by anger or the intention to cause pain. Instrumental aggression serves as a means to reach a goal.” – Herkimer College / SUNY Introductory Psychology
Discerning the motive behind the officer’s aggression helped me to properly assess my situation and respond appropriately. I choose to remain silent, rather than escalating or extending the conflict by arguing. By doing so, I controlled the outcome of this encounter and protected my interests. My freedom, my very life, depended on using sound thinking ability to neutralize a dangerous situation. Thankfully, in the closing moments of this scheme, I was able to do so.
“In fact . . . Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely . . . When he was being insulted, he did not insult in return. When he was suffering, he did not threaten, but he entrusted himself to the One who judges righteously . . .” – 1 Peter 2:21-23
The question remains, however, why did I come so close to allowing frustration and anger to guide my actions in the first place? Looking back, I realized that over time, I had allowed my thinking to focus on the problem, not the solution. Focusing on frustrations and fears weakens the mind. I had begun to think too much about the actions of my harassers, not on what I needed to do to handle matters successfully. I had handled past encounters with self-control. Yet, over time, I began to take the mental preparation needed for such encounters for granted.
Failure to prepare mentally in advance makes it much more likely that your reactions will be based on emotion, not sound reasoning. You cannot wait until a situation occurs to decide how you will respond. You need to have well in mind the principles that will guide your actions before a stressful encounter occurs. In my case, Bible principles such as the ones featured in this post had to be reviewed and pondered over on a regular basis. This reinforces those principles in my mind, making it much more likely that I will act in accord with them when under psychological attack. This is a war for my mind. My mind’s defenses must be at their strongest if they are to guide my actions and reactions reliably.
“Safeguard practical wisdom and thinking ability, and they will prove to be life to your soul.”—Prov. 3:21, 22.
I am thoroughly convinced that Bible principles saved my life that day.
I recorded this account over a decade ago while living in Newark, NJ. I was employed in New York City at the time. It provides an glimpse into the various forms of harassment and “street theatre” I have endured over the past eleven years. Law enforcement (and Federal agents posing as local law enforcement) are used as a tool of intimidation by my harassers. This post was first published on April 30, 2004 and updated on May 7, 2017 (it has been taken out of chronological order).
I respect law. I do not fear law.
To some, that statement may seem to be nothing more than wordplay, an exercise in semantics. It is not. A person who respects law strives to be law abiding. On the other hand, a criminal fears law because it renders punishment for illicit activities. However, there is another danger that fear can present, even to the law-abiding man—fear can lead to anxiety, panic and poor judgement when threatened. Fear can be used against us. This is my story…
It was a sunny, late Friday afternoon in midtown Manhattan. My workday completed, I was strolling along 9th Avenue toward 51st St, wearing the suit and tie that are my everyday attire. I have a fondness for this area of New York City. It is populated with numerous family-owned ethnic restaurants. In fact, my favorite Italian, Greek, and Taiwanese restaurants are located along this busy strip, within a three block radius. My after-work Friday’s are often spent strolling, perusing menus, and finally selecting a place to dine. On this particular afternoon, I was alone.
I continued along 9th Ave. approaching 49th Street (near the shuttered Cineplex theatre). My thoughts were on choosing a restaurant for the evening. As I looked two blocks ahead, I saw a NYPD (New York Police Department) van and an unmarked black Ford Crown Victoria, moving quickly through the traffic towards me. Both vehicles had their strobe lights flashing, and sirens blaring. The police van started to turn on 50th Street as I approached that intersection. Then, suddenly, a voice shouted from the van over a megaphone , “Go straight, he’s in front of you!” So the police van quickly veered back onto 9th Avenue and headed for the curb, about thirty feet in front of me.
Suddenly, five police officers, jumped from the van with their guns drawn and rushed towards me. Simultaneously, two plainclothes detectives jumped out of the unmarked Crown Victoria, guns also drawn, and joined this group of officers, all running towards me in unison…
I ask you, the reader, to put yourself in my shoes. How would you respond in this situation? You have been the target of continuous harassment by Federal operatives. Although innocent, you have been under constant surveillance and have endured numerous schemes designed to humiliate and provoke you. You have also been the target of numerous failed attempts to lure you into illicit drug purchases. Now, it all culminates in this one life threatening moment. What do you do? You have split seconds to react. How should you react? Do you panic, give way to fear? Do you begin to run?
What did I do?
The evening’s calm was suddenly ripped away by the drama that played before me. I watched as five police officers and two detectives leaped from their vehicles, rushing toward me with weapons drawn. Did my life hang in the balance at that moment?
My default response in times of trouble is to say a silent prayer to God. This one lasted only milliseconds. However, it was enough help me maintain my inner calm and bolster my courage. Time seemed to slow down dramatically.
As they leaped from the NYPD (New York Police Department) van, I visually focused on one of the five officers, and began to study every nuance of his actions. I invite you, the reader, to speculate with me for a moment. If five officers with guns drawn jump out of a police van to apprehend a dangerous suspect, the tension of the moment should be apparent in their faces, their voices, and their actions. At the very least, they would maintain an intense focus on the suspect—not doing so could be deadly! Don’t you agree? However, this is not what I observed in the officer I studied. He seemed to purposely avoid looking directly at me, keeping his focus on the officer taking the lead. Also, he seemed emotionally uninvolved, his face lacking the adrenalin-induced tension a dangerous encounter would normally produce. His body language told the truth. This was not a genuine arrest. It was a well-choreographed act of intimidation, a psychological ploy designed to instill panic and fear into me.
Here is something else that seemed quite odd in that moment. The officers and plainclothes detectives said nothing to me or to the shocked bystanders witnessing this sudden encounter. No shouted orders. . . not a word! Of course, I would have instantly complied with any orders they gave me. None were given. This critical omission confirmed my suspicion that this was a psychological assault.
As the officers rushed towards me, I calmly continued walking towards them, keeping a pleasant countenance, and never breaking stride. As the officers reached me, they broke into two columns, rushing past on my right and left as I strolled by. I heard them stop less than ten feet behind me. Without glancing back, I continued walking to the end of the block, waiting for the traffic to subside before crossing the intersection.
The bystanders who seconds before watched in horror were now laughing. I did not have to look back to know why…
“Be courageous and strong. Do not be struck with terror or fear, for Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua. 1:9)
The assault was over. I calmly crossed the street and continued strolling without glancing back. You may wonder how I could survive this incident without losing control. Clearly, this was an injustice that should have provoked outrage on my part! Or should it?
Keep in mind the true purpose of this assault. It was a psychological attack with a clear motive—to induce fear. It was my potential response that could have done me the greatest harm, not their attack! They were prepared to exploit any anger and loss-of-control on my part. It would give them license to take control of me. An irrational public response would also have given bystanders the perception that I was a dangerous criminal. By controlling my response, in effect, I controlled the outcome of this incident—protecting myself from harm. If I had reacted emotionally, angrily, what would they have done to me?
Update May 7, 2017: Another Potential Motive for this Staged Encounter
A person is more likely to be exploitable or easily persuaded when in a state of fear. By creating a climate of fear, the exploiter gains an advantage over his target. My experiences in the years subsequent to this encounter confirms that this may have been the motive behind this event. Because I did not react in fear, I did not give those targeting me the opportunity they desired.
As I strolled along 9th Avenue towards 52nd Street, my mind went back to choosing a restaurant for the evening. Here was a tiny Brazilian cafe I had never noticed before. I entered, was seated, and decided to dine on a Brazilian style hamburger with a mango chutney recommended by the waitress (it was delicious). As I was eating, an African-American woman in business attire, came in and sat at a table near the entrance, giving her a clear view of the entire dining area. She ordered a Coke and began sipping slowly as she kept her cellphone to her ear. Because the cafe was tiny, I could easily overhear her conversation. She was a plainclothes agent talking to her superior while keeping me under surveillance. By her responses, I could easily discern the full scope of her conversation.
“What is he doing?” the voice in her cellphone growled. “He’s sitting here eating food.” she replied. Moments later, the voice impatiently asked “What is he doing now?” “He’s still eating,” she replied. Less than a minute passed before she responded a third time–“He’s just eating food!” As I glanced at her, I could see that she was relaxed, and chuckling quietly. She seemed amused by the outcome of the street drama that occurred minutes ago.
However, all the agents / officers involved in this drama did not find it so amusing. I instinctively knew that some felt humiliated, angered by the repeated failed efforts to entrap me. Given the cruel hubris that fueled so much of what I endured, I would not need to wait long for the next attack to occur.
The Value of Emotional Intelligence
A number of factors guided my actions in those few critical seconds. First of all, I knew that there was no legitimate reason for this attack. I had no illegal substances, no weapons, had not committed a crime, had not conspired to commit a crime. There was nothing in my actions, or conversation that would hint at criminal activity. I was determined that my response, even in the heat of the moment, would reinforce those truths.
Some experts in the field of psychology now feel that emotional intelligence (the ability to control emotions and deal empathetically with people), is more valuable than pure intellect when facing crisis. I faced an antagonist trained to exploit common emotional frailties. Therefore, it was not enough to be innocent, I also needed emotional defenses. Above all, my reliance on Bible principles has helped me to cultivate qualities such as patience, mildness, and self-control. These have been essential to my survival.
For Your Consideration: There is an essential quality we must cultivate if we are to endure the constant provocation and humiliation of psychological harassment. Read about it in my latest post Escaping the Trap of the Provocateur