gaslight

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gaslight

To manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.

gaslighting

The act of manipulating someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.
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Priyanka Chopra on the other hand gaslighted the girl with her dismissive response and said she chooses to take the middle ground on the situation.
Viewers were horrified this week as Sinead was gaslighted by Laurie in the wake of the attack, and the latest episode saw her kiss him and agree to stay with him.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, if you regularly experience the thoughts and feelings described above, it may be because you are being gaslighted.
If you can answer yes to any of the above you may well have been "gaslighted", warns psychologist Dr Robin Stern, author of The Gaslight Effect.