When an authority figure moves into desiring total control and obedience, when they are interested in taking over another person's true personality and replacing it with a persona of their own devising, than that authority has moved into the realm of ultra-authority. People Who Play God exposes the underlying dynamics of ultra-authority in everyday language and through four different sections.
In Part One, the masks and foundations of ultra-authority are brought to light. Ultra-authority has existed for thousands of years. Most recently, people have heard about ultra-authority in the forms of cults and sects, battering relationships and domestic violence, and totalitarian governments and organizations. The terms often associated with it have been ‘brainwashing’, ‘mind control’, and ‘thought reform’.
In Part Two, the Integrated Model of Ultra-Authority is explained. Ultra-authority is the result of a vastly complex network of interlinking factors. Never before has a researcher or author broken apart every component to reveal the depths and breadth of ultra-authoritarian dynamics. Ms Peterson’s breakthrough Integrated Model explores those factors as no one else has done before, bringing to light the part each factor plays in the development and maintenance of this highly destructive type of relationship. The Integrated Model demonstrates the
*Toeholds: the vulnerabilities within ourselves
*Techniques: the manipulative tools used by ultra-authorities, and
*Time: how these act together to draw in an ultra-authority’s victim.
People Who Play God not only develops the theory, however. In Part Three, it takes the reader on an inside journey through four real-world examples of ultra-authority. These case studies give a compelling and frightening view of the scope ultra-authority can play. They are: the one-on-one battering relationship of Mickey and Francine Hughes; the mystic cult of Charles Manson; the religious-political cult of Jim Jones; and the totalitarian regime of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
In Part Four, Ms Peterson presents the personality styles of ultra-authorities and introduces her Model of Ultra-Authoritarian Development. This second model details the stages which a person moves through as they themselves become an ultra-authority. There are also chapters on recovery for those who have been in a relationship with an ultra-authority, and prevention issues to help protect those who are not currently involved with one.
This book is not only a definite ‘must-read’, it is also a ‘must-share’. For yourself and those you love, nothing is more important than learning to recognize and protect yourself from the People Who Play God.
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The signs of ultra-authority are constantly before us, although very few people recognize that these signs are all pointing to one particular form of social dynamic, ultra-authority. When you look in the paper and see a story about domestic violence, you are seeing a story about ultra-authority. When you watch the TV and see a piece on Suddam Hussein or North Korea, you are seeing a piece on an ultra-authority. When you hear the latest about another destructive cult and the odd or dangerous things the cultists are doing, you are hearing about an ultra-authority.
Ultra-authority is the most widespread endemic social ill we currently have on our planet. Through a number of informal surveys, I have come to realize that 80% or more of the adults in our country have been noticeably effected by an ultra-authority at one time or another in their lives.
You cannot protect yourself from something you do not recognize; for that reason, I present to you People Who Play God.About the Author:
Beth Peterson has earned a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in studio ceramics and a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology. She has worked as a clinical psychologist and has also worked with domestic violence shelters. More than fifteen years ago, Beth began independently researching ultra-authority as a result of having been involved with one. Through her research and her own process of healing, Beth developed her Integrated Model of Ultra-authority. Recently, she has supplemented it with her Model of Ultra-Authoritarian Development. She also continues to be an active artist; her ink painting, "Loss" is the cover art for her book.
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