What does Gaslighting Mean?

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which a person manipulates someone else into doubting their own sanity, memory, perception, or judgment. The term comes from a 1938 play called "Gas Light," in which a husband systematically manipulates his wife into believing that she is going insane by making small changes in their environment and then denying that they have occurred.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that can occur in personal relationships, at the workplace, in political settings, or anywhere else where people interact. The manipulator may use various tactics to undermine the victim's sense of reality, such as denying things they have said or done, telling lies or half-truths, minimizing the victim's concerns or feelings, shifting blame onto the victim, or using intimidation or threats.

Gaslighting can be incredibly damaging to a person's mental health and well-being, and it can lead to feelings of confusion, self-doubt, and anxiety. It's important to recognize the signs of gaslighting and seek support if you suspect that you or someone you know is being gaslit.

Dr. Michael Koren Dr. Koren is a licensed clinical psychologist and the owner of Brighter Life Therapy, PLLC.

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