Cindy of Under Much Grace takes informative and very technical looks at abusive behavior, analyzing both the victims and the abusers.
She has a new series about brainwashing. I want to make special note of part 7 in which she ties the information to the Pearls’ teachings. Here is a short summary which she wrote for me:
I think of it in terms of developmental milestones and such, and most all learning is experiential for a child for the first 36 months and is primarily all on the right side of the brain, entirely self-centered and oriented toward felt sense.
Children under the age of two only make Delta waves on EEG, the same brainwave that an adult makes while they sleep. From two to six, they make only theta waves which is what an adult generates just before falling asleep, basically. The plotting that Pearl talks about is a fast brainwave that doesn’t manifest in a child until they approach age twelve.
I would also like to draw your attention to the posts after part X which are about how the mindset of many families prime children for victimization.
Now, on the the entire series:
Another Example of Transformed Memory in Response to Psychological Stress and Interpersonal Pressure in a POW Camp: Understanding Doctrine Over Person, Part III
Lifton on Reaffirming the Myth and How Adults and Children Respond: Understanding Doctrine Over Person Part IV
She follows up this series with a related series about Understanding the Role of Childhood Emotional Development in Spiritual Abuse.