Are you being gaslighted?

The process of gaslighting happens in stages
Are you being gaslighted?
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 5:16 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -A film produced back in the 1940s featured a man who was trying to make his wife belief she was going insane by changing little things in their home daily. For instance, a light would dim--without being touched.

The title of the movie is Gaslight. That word now means to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Dr. Monica Vermani, Clinical Psychologist, helps patients recognize the strategies of a person actively trying to victimize someone via gaslighting. Gaslighting occurs in stages, until a victim’s own ego has been compromised.

The following talking points provide the outline for the interview:

  • They try to destabilize you: always challenging your perceptions of reality
  • Deception is their weapon: intentionally lying to confuse
  • Denial: this person will deny your truth even after evidence
  • Deflection: shifting focus and changing lanes often (to confuse)
  • Manipulate to remain in control: this may mean offering praise (to the target victim) when needed

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