Every day we are subjected to all kinds of manipulation but the is one type that you might not even be aware that is happening to you.
This term is taken form the play called “Gas Light” that was later adapted into a movie in 1944. In the story, a husband works diligently to convince his wife and their acquaintances that she is insane by making very small and subtle changes to their environment.
When the wife would point out the changes, the husband convinced her that she was wrong about the changes and that she was crazy. Slowly but surely, the wife starts to give in to the self-doubt created by those subtle changes, namely a gas lamp that the husband keeps dimming, hence the term “Gaslighting”.
In the play, the key was the husband’s ability to alter the wife’s perception of reality. She saw the lamp as being dimmer and the husband assures her that it is not. He made he doubt her perception, and therefore her reality.
Bu changing little bits of the reality the perpetrator manages to convince you that his was is the right way, he manages to present the reality according to him, but in reality, you’re right when you see something that is not the way it was before.
Gaslighting can be found everywhere in milder forms like in advertising, when they present you with an amazing product that might change your life, they’re planting doubt in your mind.