Cooling the Mark
This is again from a Discord comment. This is very relevant and is a technique that is used by con merchants on the “mark” once they realize that they have been suckered. You cool them down (their anger) by gradually releasing information in a controlled way….
We are being played
We are the mark……
https://vdocuments.net/7on-cooling-the-mark-out.html?page=27On Cooling the Mark Out* Some Aspects of Adaptation to Failure Erving Goffman† In cases of criminal fraud, victims find they must suddenly adapt themselves to the loss of sources of security and status which they had taken for granted. A consideration of this adaptation to loss can lead us to an understanding of some relations in our society between involvements and the selves that are involved. In the argot of the criminal world, the term “mark” refers to any individual whois a victim or prospective victim of certain forms of planned illegal exploitation. The mark is the sucker – the person who is taken in. An instance of the operation of any particular racket, taken through the full cycle of its steps or phases, is sometimes called a play. The persons who operate the racket and “take” the mark are occasionally called operators.
On Cooling the Mark Out* Some Aspects of Adaptation to Failure Erving Goffman† In cases of criminal fraud, victims find they must suddenly adapt themselves to the loss…