Sunday, May 10, 2009

Taking advantage of vulnerable victims of psychiatry : Sociological and Psychological Impact of charity donations


Taking advantage of vulnerable victims of psychiatry : Sociological and Psychological Impact of charity donations or private causes

----There are many good people and charities out there in this world doing great work saving, touching, and improving lives for countless millions. But where there is good causes and works; there are also those that will use these very same causes to pray on the uninformed, innocent, naive, unquestioning, and good intended people for profit, greed, or like crimes of victimization.

Just maybe before you give, you should stop, think, and ask some questions!

1. What are the main reasons people give to charity?

2. What are the sociological reasons?

3. What are the psychological reasons?

4. How does the manipulation factor intersect with desire to conform?

5. How does trust play a role in charitable donation?

6. How does the current psychiatric paradigm create victims?

7. How does the current psychiatric paradigm inbreed victimization?


Organizations that may prey on vulnerable victims of psychiatry by asking for funding

I'm not going to judge any of these following organizations or causes that I have made a very short and limited list of below; but you may want to use some of these examples as a jumping off point in your own research. We all more than likely have heard of a scam or two related to these following causes. Its your money, your emotional investment; then don't you wish to be well informed and give wisely?

EXAMPLES:

Scientology

New Age Healing

NAMI

Hurricane Katrina relief fund

911 disaster relief fund

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-- some independent, personal, sound advice, and questions to ask--

How does one protect self from becoming a victim?

what questions do you ask about the charity/cause before giving: a common sense approach to protecting your self from fraud/victimization.

1. Where does the money go?


2. Is there a trust bank account set up for the funds?


3. Who is the money really helping {ask for detailed specifics and how much administrative cost are involved}?


4. Is there a contact information to verify need?


5. What if the fundraiser goal is not met or need no longer exist; will money be returned?

6. Is this money tax deductible, non-profit, and what is the fundraiser's tax ID number?

7. Is there full disclosure and independent monitoring of funds?

8. Is there reason for concern or questions about the ethical nature of this person, cause, or organization?

9. Does the cause/charity change/vary focus in mid-stream or do inquirers invoke a hostile response? (this could be a RED FLAG)

If in doubt or you have not received adequate information; you may wish to keep your money, contact local authorities, or law enforcement!

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Addendum April 17,2009 - MindHacks web site just posted a great article on this topic -

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/05/the_psychology_of_be.html

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I have listed links below that would give you loads of information if anyone is interested in this topic, or suspects they are or have been the victim of a charity, scam, con, cult, crime, or cause.


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WJB-45S933K-C&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=fe53e35a7714939dc62feeeb839d740d

Relations between Values, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions: The Moderating Role of Attitude Function

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119524010/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Applying Social Psychology to Induce Charitable Donations


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http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119922486/abstract

Mimicry and Pro social Behavior
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http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=60C5AC2B70E4B979B1B4C18DA762CEB4?contentType=Article&hdAction=lnkpdf&contentId=856044

The Marketing of Altruistic Causes: Understanding Why People Help
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http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a901882754~db=all

Ostracism increases social susceptibility
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http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=info:k4N_IAblqLcJ:scholar.google.com/&output=viewport&pg=1
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http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a783718183~db=all
The Effect of a Favor on Public and Private Compliance: How Internalized is the Norm of Reciprocity?
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http://www.down-syndrome.org/reports/22/

http://www.jstor.org/pss/30000773

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/112636568/abstract

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6W5W-4V87DJB-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=b1a68eed74920c0dc73ca0b8893108b2

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6W5W-4V87DJB-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=b1a68eed74920c0dc73ca0b8893108b2

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/903937/peter_popoff_the_televangelist_fraud.html?cat=49

http://www.lavasoft.com/company/newsletter/2008/07_31/article6.html

7 comments:

yourconsciencecalls said...

Thank you Stan.

susan said...

Hello Stan,

There is a very good website - I don't have it off hand but it's on my mother's computer.

It ranks every charity in the US, and tells you if it's good, or not, and how much goes towards the actual charity and how much goes to wards salary and administration.


I find now that I am on a fixed income, I donate my time rather than money. I try to give blood when I can- for the Red Cross- this past weekend I left a few cans outside for the mail food drive. I drop off food at our local animal shelter once or twice a year, and volunteer my time there. I've also volunteered as a Literacy Advocate, which helps children to read- and volunteered in a
Aids hospital.

I thnk with this economy being in the toilet - donating time says it all. My time is valuable.

oh,the one I absolutely hate are the telemarketers who call and nag about contributing to some charity you never heard of. On principle, I never donate to anyone who calls me on the phone!

Hope you and my favorite people in your neck of the woods ( and doggies and kitties) are well.

As soon as I find that link I will pass it on.

Herrad said...

Hi Stan,

Don't trust giving to charities so much of the money goes to pay admin and personel costs of the charity.

Scientology would not get a penny as far as I am concerned.

Diasaster relief funds get the money more direct to where it is needed.

But there is always corruption recently saw a programm about tobacco consumtion in Africa.

Single cigerettes are sold contrary to world health advice as well as food aid which was given to the country but corrupt officials sell the food aid.

The other view of charities and aid.

Love,
Herrad

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Everyone is looking for a handout and there is always someone taking advantange of innocents! Geez! Hold tight to your wallet!

Mark Krusen said...

Very informative post Stan. You did a lot of research on this one.

PS. I saw your engagement to Nancy in the San Francisco chronicle. Congratulations.

trailerparkbarbie said...

Good post, Stan. When I adopted by 2 little African kids, I did my research on the internet. There are a couple of websites that are watch dogs for chairty groups. The watch dog groups track how much of your actual donation is going to the needy and how much is going to administration fees, corporate jets, "fundraising parties", etc.
People need to do a little homework before handing over their hard-earned money.

YBFWOBWDTC (your best friend without benefits who DONATES to charities)
TPB

Mark Krusen said...

Stan,
You really don't need to print this comment. I just wanted to share this joke with you.

A high ranking general visited wounded soldiers in an Army hospital and came upon one who was bandaged so heavily that only his eyes and a slit for his mouth could be seen. The general naturally asked him how he was wounded. "Terrorists were on one side of the highway; we were on the other. I hollered, 'Allah sux,' trying to get one of them to raise his head, but none would ... Then one yelled back, 'Nancy Pelosi is a no-good BIT**.'" "So how were you hurt, soldier?" the general asked. "Well, sir, when I started across the highway to shake his hand, I got run over by one of our Humvees."

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