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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