The 8 Psychological Torture Methods

Revealing the dark tactics used in wars and times of peace

Mentalcodex | Julfi
2 min readAug 7, 2023
Artist: Jean-Honoré Fragonard


I am not advocating the use of these methods here.

My aim is to reveal the dark tactics used in their most hardcore forms during wars, as well as milder ones in times of peace.

Any similarity with recent events would ONLY be coincidental… of course.

Let’s begin.

1. Threats

Cultivate anxiety and despair.

Create a sense of urgency and a necessity for the victim to subject himself to negative thoughts and emotions.

Never give him a break, multiply the stress factors.

2. Isolation

Remove all social links that could give the victim a different opinion than the one you’re conveying.

Create a feeling of inadequacy by emphasizing your victim’s difference and inability to fit in.

Make him dependent on you.

3. Omnipotence of power

Render any attempt at resistance utterly futile and meaningless.

Be ruthless, and punish even the smallest mistake.



Mentalcodex | Julfi

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