(Gaslighting definition from Merriam Webster, cont.) 2: the act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one's own advantage Election season can create emotions spanning from immense anxiety all the way to extreme apathy. The public arguing, divisiveness, and competition for votes, including political gaslighting, can be overwhelming and exhausting. —Vernita Perkins and Leonard A. Jason As the midterm elections approach, Americans have gotten an earful both about crime itself and how the other side is distorting the news about it for political gain. "Cherry-picking!" "Fearmongering!" "Gaslighting!" —Chris Herrmann and Fritz Umbach The Origin and Semantic Development of Gaslighting The origins of gaslighting are colorful: the term comes from the title of a 1938 play and the movies based on that play, the plots of which involve a man attempting to make his wife believe that she is going insane. His mysterious activities in the attic cause the house’s gas lights to dim, but he insists to his wife that the lights are not dimming and that she can’t trust her own perceptions. When gaslighting was first used in the mid-20th century, it referred to a kind of deception like that in the plots mentioned above (sense 1). In the current century, the word has come to refer also to something simpler and broader: “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for a personal advantage” (sense 2). In this use, the word is at home with other terms relating to modern forms of deception and manipulation, such as fake news and deepfake. The idea of a deliberate conspiracy to mislead has made gaslighting useful in describing lies that are part of a larger plan. Unlike lying, which tends to be between individuals, and fraud, which tends to involve organizations, gaslighting applies in both personal and political contexts, and is found in formal and technical writing as well as in colloquial use. Its increasing use in many contexts contributed to making gaslighting Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2022. CONTEXTUAL - PSY The use of gaslighting does not deny its verbal denial. That is, someone could actually be using gaslighting on you, you call them on it, and they turn around and say you are the one doing it. In the Merriam Webster definition shown here, it aptly covers political deception as gaslighting in point 2. We need to understand that such a use of gaslighting in political battles can in fact be a form of psychological operations. That is, the modality can be planned. The energy and approach can include psychological driving - repeated over and over and with great vehemence. There might be a psychic or psycotronic attack correlated with the maliciously intended words. Beyond the public sphere, this cluster of word choices, extraordinary attacks (the actual mechanism for the attack is hidden and secret) and the driving can lead to a chipping way or attriting of an otherwise normal American’s approach and belief systems. e PF OPINION INPUT PF Note 2023/3/14: Webster’s definition shown here: this is an excellent gaslighting definition rendering - it covers the main issues today and gives a brief historic synopsis. Gaslighting refers to denying a person his reality by trying to make him or her feel crazy that something is wrong or missing in his character, thought processes or approach. As such, the gaslighter tries to give the impression or that the problems are all the other person’s fault. It goes beyond the times when such accusations might be true to a level of ongoing deceit, mind games and evasion. The victim cannot nail the perpetrator down to have him get real. Things are always slippery and disjointed. We usually think of gaslighting between two direct contacts, but we need to consider third party involvement in some cases. The third party can be known and seen, or unknown and unseen. An example of the first would be a mother-in law who gives advice to a son who is the victim’s husband. Another example would be someone at work whose religious or culture creates tendencies to want to control another’s family’s son or daughter. An example of the latter would be a Mexican mafia listening in to family conversations through Verizon-Tracfone, and uses remote influencing. Another is an invisible network of religionists who would like to control a member of a household who has shown signs of not liking the religion. However a person becomes a victim, it can run into the gambit of gangstalking, in other words, in which the victimization is played out against a target by a network of people cooperating along the same lines to whittle away at him or her and the person’s family and emotional and financial support systems. It thus can go hand in hand with ideas expressed in Saying Uncle, Gatekeeping and Funneling. This is mind influencing and is dangerous. The groups doing it are at once making a mockery of free speech and an American open media, while misusing both for certain agendas. Exaggerated gaslighting is a form of warfare. It is my opinion that the far left’s stance open borders and giving illegal immigrants easy access to the USA is done in a media atmosphere of gaslighting by pretending the concerns of people from other countries are equal to the civil rights ones of American citizens (see the bold emphasis points below in the following Bensman excerpt). Example: And who were these immigration advocates? Few of the new Biden immigration aides and advisers came from the usual policy think tanks from which new presidents typically draw advisors and political appointees. Most hailed from advocacy organizations that openly favored policies to dismantle the American immigration enforcement system and open the border to the world. Collectively, the advisors who entered the White House comprised a who’s who of Haidt’s “tribal moral community.” They had spent professional lives advocating for prescriptions that could only lead to mass migration over the border. They subscribed to building the grand narrative of illegal immigrants as the new victim group worthy of civil rights campaigning. They were as pious about their beliefs as any theologian. They presumed all economic migrants to be endangered political refugees and asylum seekers. They believed the United States had no right to refuse entry to people crossing its border. They believed that foreign nationals who crossed a border illegally were no different from legal migrants who’d cleared required hoops and paid their dues. They believed immigration enforcement to be cruel and therefore ignorable. All insisted on entirely trading enforcement for the disproven experiment of rebuilding troubled nations so their citizens would want to stay home. (see Bensman below) Bensman, Todd. Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History . Bombardier Books. Kindle Edition. Updates: 2023/03/14 editing; 202021/05/13 PAGE STARTED-Gaslighting, info from River Gold dot net will be brought over
Gaslighting (PSY-22)
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Definition o Generic - first thing seen in a particular search engine search o Merriam Webster (gaslighting word of year for 2022) Contextual PF Opinion Input o How gaslighting works o Merriam Webster on the mark o Bensman excerpt as example ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEFINITION Gaslighting (present participle) manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity: "in the first episode, Karen Valentine is being gaslighted by her husband" (Internet-first thing that shows up in a search using Microsoft-2023/03/14) Merriam Webster 1: 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
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