Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central
to Mormon Fundamentalist Practice of Plural Marriage

Every relationship differs, but what is most common within all abusive relationships is the varying tactics used by abusers to gain and maintain power and control over the victim. Physical and sexual assaults, or threats to commit them, are the most visible forms of abuse and are usually the actions that make others aware of the problem. However, regular use of other abusive behaviors by the abuser, when reinforced by one or more acts of physical violence, make up a larger scope of abuse. The following diagrams illustrate that Plural Marriage, as practiced by Mormon Fundamentalist families, is by it’s own terms and conditions, a relationship maintained by every tactic in the Duluth Model’s Power and Control Wheel. This first image demonstrates this by inserting direct quotes from Doctrine and Covenants Section 132, labeled with the type of tactic used.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published. Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published.
Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

 

This image defines what each tactic is in detail. Many men and women within Fundamentalist Mormon Communities want you to believe that their relationship is based on consenting adults, without any coercion or manipulation. You will see in the next graphic, examples of these tactics

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published. Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published.
Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

 

This graphic has taken the Power and Control wheel found in The Primer, a publication by the Utah and Arizona Attorney General’s offices. It is used currently as a guidebook for Law Enforcement and Human Service Agencies who may work with Fundamentalist Mormon Families. It is interesting to note that when these various beliefs and behaviors are listed, they are not portrayed as anything alarming at all, nor abusive. Instead they use descriptive terms such that these are “deeply held beliefs” and “polygamous culture” and asks the reader to have “cultural sensitivity regarding these communities” that are “disadvantaged” or “underserved.” The information in the guidebook was contributed largely by represenatives of the respective communities, not by an opposing “anti-polygamy” group or apostates.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published. Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published.
Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

 

This graphic details 8 specific psychological manipulation tactics that are commonly used in abusive relationships. They are intentionally deceptive and are used to gain power over and control over. In the social world, power is a concept with two very different meanings--'power to' and 'power over.' ‘Power to’ refers to the ability of a person to change the circumstances of his or her life by creating and exercising options. 'Power over' refers to the ability to limit the options of others. This is the definitional element of abuse. When an interest in power over and control is held by either partner, escalation and abuse are inevitable.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published. Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.

Kelly, A. (2019). Psychological Manipulation Tactics Central to Mormon Fundamentalist implementation of Plural Marriage. Self Published.
Reference: Simon, George K. In Sheep’s Clothing. Park Hurst Brothers Publishers, 2010.