I have never understood why the Mind Trick is considered a Light Side power when it attacks a person's deepest spirit. Is that not the gravest temptation to which one can fall?? Yet the Jedi are terrified of Force Lightning and consider it inherently Dark. Which makes no sense to me when you consider that lightning can be aimed at inanimate objects, its intensity can likely be controlled...and quite frankly, I believe that physical scars, as bad as they are, are less than mental scars.
Even IRL, the most devastating cost to a person of a trauma is not the physical recovery, but the mental and emotional damage, such as PTSD and the other effects of abuse and cruelty.
I write a Light Sith character, and he makes LOTS of use of Force Lightning. In private, with only those he trusts, he even dances with Lightning, with no other purpose than creating beauty. But he believes that the freedom of the mind is absolutely sacrosanct.
Yet by Jedi reckoning, he is evil and Jedi who use Mind Tricks to manipulate and deceive are good???
Sorry for the rant. That just annoys me.