Have you ever been talking to someone, and their version of events seems totally and completely different to yours?
This happens a lot, largely because the human memory is imperfect. We all remember things a bit differently to each other.
However, in more severe circumstances, people toy with someone else’s memories to make them feel like they are going crazy. It’s called gaslighting.
Gaslighting is not when somebody has a different opinion to you. For example, you can’t accuse someone of it just because they vote for an opposing political party. It’s a severe manipulative tool people with dark triad personality traits use — but not exclusively — and it is seen a lot in abusive relationships.
It’s mainly used as a power tactic, to make the victim question their reality, and become more subservient. According to psychologist and therapist Perpetua Neo, it is when someone “screws with your sense of reality to manipulate you, causing you to distrust yourself and trust them instead.”
The term is coined from the 1944 film “Gaslight” where a man controls and tricks his wife into believing she is losing her mind — …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy