Blade Runner Revisited
Bullying is so institutionalised in the human culture that it is really a question of how you deal with the bullies like the Tax Collector. Passive-Aggressive is one way to avoid direct conflict. Some people are bullied so severely that they lose contact with their real person (reality) and the first sign is misplacement of objects, followed by visual distortions of time and place, and eventually estrangement from the real self and place in the world that suicide becomes almost inevitable. I got this from the Millon Manual, so it is safe to assume that the Psi Cops know this and it is used as a method to get get of dissenters and eliminate the population of misfits that area drain on the economy. If the process does not work, they send in the assassins.