For dominion over an asset’s mind, the handler will choose trauma as an expedient, thus betraying his own pedigree: the clinician. Dominion by isolation, though a high investment with uncertain payoffs, is the responsible course for the responsible handler, who is very often a seasoned field operative. It is simpler to manipulate the sad asset than the frightened one. However, while the maudlin asset has historically made a good assassin, the frightened asset excels as a siren.

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