By Donu Kogbara
GASLIGHTING is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a targeted group and make them question their memory, perception and sanity.
According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia: “Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction and lying, (gaslighting) attempts to destabilise the victim and delegitimise the victim’s belief.” The term was inspired by “Gaslight”, a 1938 play by the British writer Patrick Hamilton, in which a man dims the gas lights in his marital home, then slyly persuades his increasingly bewildered wife to agree when he insists that she’s imagining the decreased brightness.
But I think that we can safely say that the actual practice of gaslighting did not start in 1938 and is as old as the human race.
Some spouses, husbands especially,…
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