A form of manipulation that often occurs in abusive relationships. It is a covert type of emotional abuse where the abuser misleads the target, creating a false narrative. It causes the victims to distrust their own perceptions of the world.
It primarily occurs in romantic relationships, but it's also common in friendships or among family members.
The term comes from a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton, known in America as "Angle Street".
It's about a manipulative husband who tries to make his wife think she is losing her mind. One of the acts of his manipulation is dimming the flame on a gas lamp.
People who gaslight others may have mental health disorders, such as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) or borderline personality disorder (BPD). They use this type of emotional abuse to exert power over others in order to manipulate people.
Several researchers determined that the opposite of narcissistic personality disorder is empathy.
From this determination, I am giving a theory that the cause of self-gaslighting might come from being too empathy. The ability to sympathize with people and their perspectives make them easily understand and forgive people's actions. This makes them think that there's nothing wrong with the other person so they start to think themselves as the problem.
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