The word destabilisation can be applied to a wide variety of contexts such as attempts to undermine political, military or economic power.
- failure to acknowledge good work and value the victim's efforts
- allocation of meaningless tasks
- removal of areas of responsibility without consultation
- repeated reminders of blunders
- setting up to fail
- shifting of goal posts without telling the victim
- persistent attempts to demoralise the victim
Destabilisation could also denote the extreme end of disinhibition syndrome and entail the complete shutdown of an individual's control of emotions, inhibitions, and productive functioning. The condition can be episodic or it could last for months or years, requiring professional care from a practitioner who is familiar with the individual's primary neurological disorder.
In psychology, there is also a process called cognitive destabilisation, which involves being open to conversions and transformations of various kinds. This could be used to counter political destabilisation by presenting a consensual view of the problem.
Destabilisation is also used in the feminist context such as the way it is used to change the binary opposition between men and women, particularly how it gives the category 'woman' its meaning. For instance, this is expressed in many feminists' discomfort concerning postmodern theories' challenge to traditional binary oppositions, perceiving it as a subversion of women's attempt to define their own subjecthood. The body of literature on feminism also often invoke the need to destabilise modern theory, particularly the theoretical discourses that claim neutrality but are established from a masculine perspective. These attempts to destabilise modern female constructs have been informed by Jacques Derrida's deconstruction theory, particularly the destabilisation of positions and subjects that have been deemed holistic or authoritative.
In literature, a conceptualization refers to it as an aggression or a kind of attack on the reader to provoke discomfort. In international capital transactions, it is used to denote as a capital movement driven by erroneous forecast, driving the exchange rate away from equilibrium that would be supported by rational speculators whose foresight are correct.
- Abusive power and control – Aspect of personal relationships
- Cognitive distortion – Exaggerated or irrational thought pattern
- Dehumanization – Behavior or process that undermines individuality of and in others
- Demoralization (warfare)
- Discrediting tactic
- Divide and rule – Strategy in politics and sociology
- Economic terrorism
- Gaslighting – Misleading someone into doubting reality
- Guilt trip – Form of psychological manipulation
- Isolation to facilitate abuse – Abuse tactic
- Mental confusion
- Mind games – Intellectual competition
- Passive–aggressive behavior
- Personal boundaries – Guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those limits.
- Playing one person against another
- Positive disintegration
- Psychological abuse – Mental or emotional harm inflicted on a child or other vulnerable person
- Silent treatment – Refusal to communicate verbally with someone who desires the communication
- Social undermining – Type of anti-social behavior
- Stabilizer – In medicine, process to prevent shock in sick or injured people
- Strategy of tension – Italian policy encouraging violent struggle
- Subversion – Attempt to transform the established social order and its structures
- Thesis, antithesis, synthesis
- Triangulation (psychology) – Theory related to Murray Bowen
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