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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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She said: "It wasn't that long ago that gaslighting was never heard of by most people.
Dr Owens said: "Gaslighting is an extreme and calculated form of manipulation and control.
Remember that gaslighting can affect people in lots of different ways and you may feel unsure of yourself and your ability to cope.
'Gaslighting' can leave you fearful without knowing why
Examples of gaslighting include: trivialising how the victim feels; saying and doing things but later denying any knowledge of this; making the victim believe that other people are talking about them behind their back; and insisting that the victim has done or said things that never actually occurred.
Often gaslighting provides a way for the perpetrator to control their victims by undermining their sense of reality, damaging their selfesteem and creating circumstances that foster dependence on the abuser.
Brenna added that the nature of gaslighting means it can be hard to spot.
Brenna added: "Gaslighting increases that dependency and reliance, which is exactly what the perpetrator wants.
Questioning your reality is the emotional signature of gaslighting. You know this.
The term "gaslighting" comes from the 1938 play "Gas Light" - known also as "Angel Street" - by Patrick Hamilton.
Gaslighting is, in effect, emotional and psychological abuse.
John Whittingdale said: "At the end of last year my constituent Natalie Lewis Hoyle, the daughter of Councillor Miriam Lewis and our right honorable friend the member for Chorley took her own life having been in a coercive relationship and suffered mental abuse in what is known as gaslighting."
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Gaslighting, a term typically used to describe abusive relationships, refers to making someone question his or her sanity by way of psychological manipulation.
It was around this time that Tvrdon began his own psychological studies and stumbled upon the theory of "gaslighting".