You may have hear the term online or in the media lately. That is probably because there are constant examples of gaslighting being done by President Trump and his administration.
The term has been everywhere since Donald Trump’s inauguration, so much so that the Oxford Dictionaries named it one of the most popular words of 2018: gaslighting.
However, gaslighting also happens in personal relationships and professional relationships. It’s important to recognize it, to recognize that it’s abusive, and to know how to remove yourself out of that abusive situation.
Psychologists use the term “gaslighting” to refer to a specific type of manipulation where the manipulator is trying to get someone else (or a group of people) to question their own reality, memory or perceptions. And it’s always a serious problem, according to psychologists.
It may start out with seemingly small offenses. But the problem is that even more-or-less insignificant instances of you questioning your own judgment or reality — thanks to the deliberate intent of someone else — can snowball. You can end up in a cycle of not being able to negotiate your daily life in a way where you are clear minded, can focus, can make sound decisions, and have a sense of well-being, Stern says.
From NBC’s Today show »