Gaslighting is when a person(s) in power manipulate people by trying to change a person's perceptions of reality.
This article written by Paige Sweet for Scientific American highlights these aspects about the phenomena of gaslighting:
- The term is taken from the 1944 psychological thriller Gaslight, where a husband tries to convince his wife that she is mentally unwell by convincing her that she is imagining things—-such as the dimming of the gaslights.
- It entrenches existing power imbalances while fostering new ones.
- Institutional gaslighting is where behavior within an organization—such as bullying—can be promoted as normal and acceptable.
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