What Scam Victims Believe

Cognitive Distortions – The Psychology Of Romance Scams [Updated]

Cognitive Distortions The Psychology Of Scams A SCARS Insight What Is A Cognitive Distortion? A cognitive distortion is an exaggerated or irrational thought pattern involved in the onset and perpetuation of psychopathological states, especially those more influenced by psychosocial factors, such as depression and anxiety, or in this case a psychological manipulation for the purposes of crime. Psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck laid the groundwork for the study of these distortions in 1976, when he first proposed the theory [...]

Gaslighting – Destroying A Victim’s Sense Of Reality Or Truth [Updated]

Gaslighting - Destroying A Victim's Sense Of Reality A SCARS Guide The Psychology of Scams & Manipulation Techniques Scammer Manipulation Technique: Gaslighting A Tool Used In Destroying a Victim's Sense of Reality Its purpose is to manipulate (someone) by psychological means to get them to question their own sanity or reality “Gaslighting” or “Gaslight” is a type of manipulation that we will use throughout the article. Introduction to [...]

Guilt vs. Shame – Understanding [INFOGRAPHIC]

Guilt vs. Shame - Understanding Shame has long been viewed as “the toxic cousin of guilt,” but it has benefited us over evolution. Shame and guilt are functionally designed to protect us against harming those who are dear to us and to make us behave better in the future Understanding The Mechanisms of Guilt & Shame Guilt And Shame Are Among The Most Painful Human Emotions No one [...]