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Gaslight

Category
Psychology
Gaslight

Definition

To knowingly present false information to someone, making them doubt their own observations, memory, and self-trust.

Origin

The term gets its name from a 1938 play.

Everyday Use

Framing is one of those very under-appreciated concepts in our everyday lives — it can influence how we approach every situation, without us even realizing it. We are capable of gaslighting ourselves in convincing ourselves of a reality that may not in fact be correct, whether it's in thinking that people don't appreciate us, that we aren't productive enough, etc. It's important to recognize that often the best examples of gaslighting are what we do to ourselves.