gaslighting

noun
gas·​light·​ing | \ ˈgas-ˌlī-tiŋ How to pronounce gaslighting (audio) , -ˈlī- \

Definition of gaslighting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one's emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator Gaslighting can be a very effective tool for the abuser to control an individual. It's done slowly so the victim writes off the event as a one off or oddity and doesn't realize they are being controlled and manipulated.— Melissa Spino Gaslighting can happen in any relationship circumstance, including between friends and family members—not just in couple relationships.— Deena Bouknight This is a classic gaslighting technique—telling victims that others are crazy and lying, and that the gaslighter is the only source for "true" information. It makes victims question their reality …— Stephanie Sarkis

gaslighting

Definition of gaslighting (Entry 2 of 2)

present participle of gaslight entry 2

First Known Use of gaslighting

Noun

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Gaslighting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaslighting. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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