Most commonly, it takes the form of frequently disagreeing with someone or refusing to listen to their point of view. But, in more extreme cases it can be a real form of abuse. In certain situations, someone might deliberately gaslight their partner as a way of controlling them — a serious form of emotional abuse that is never acceptable. Eventually, they may come to agree with the person who is attacking them — believing that they must be right. These insecurities might come out of experiences in childhood or in previous relationships.
definition of gaslighting / definition of gaslight
GASLIGHTING | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
In some cases the intended and achieved result is to rob the victim of his sanity. Because the gaslighter is himself typically psychologically disordered, he is often not fully aware of what he is doing or why he is doing it. The term is derived from the title of a British stage play, Gas Light , which was subsequently produced as a film, Gaslight , in the United Kingdom and the United States Those dramas vividly, if somewhat simplistically, depicted some of the basic elements of the technique.
Gaslighting — what are the signs and how can it be addressed?
You might have heard gaslighting described as an emotional abuse tactic in relationships. But the use of gaslighting — when someone convinces someone else that they're being delusional or irrational in order to gain power over them — goes beyond intimate partner violence. It's used on a much larger scale to make women feel as if their perceptions of reality can't be trusted and they should listen to men's instead.
Light produced by burning illuminating gas. Verb, after the play Gas Light by British playwright Patrick Hamilton and its film adaptations, in particular Gaslight , in which a woman experiences strange events, such as the unexplained dimming of the gaslights in her house, and doubts her own sanity when she is told she is imagining or misremembering her experiences. Chemistry a type of lamp in which the illumination is produced by an incandescent mantle heated by a jet of gas. Switch to new thesaurus.