Sociopathy Part 7: Gaslighting


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See earlier posts in this series:

Sociopathy: What is a Sociopath?

Sociopathy Part 2: The Traits of a Sociopath

Sociopathy Part 3: The Creation of “Its”

Sociopathy Part 4: The Importance of Authority and Obedience

Sociopathy Part 5: The Covetous Sociopath

Sociopathy Part 6: The Tools of the Trade

Dr. Stout explains the phenomenon of gaslighting and how this is used by the sociopath. She begins with a description of where the term originates.

In 1944, George Cukor directed a psychological thriller entitled Gaslight, in which a beautiful young woman, played by Ingrid Bergman, is made to feel she is going insane. Her fear that she is losing her mind is inflicted on her systematically by Charles Boyer, who plays her evil but charming new husband. Among a number of other dirty tricks, Boyer arranges for Bergman to hear sounds in the attic when he is absent, and for the gaslight to dim by itself, in a menacing house where her aunt was mysteriously murdered years before. Of course, no one believes Bergman about the noises in the attic or the gaslight or much of anything else, and her gradual descent into doubting her own reality has found its way into English idiom as “to be gaslighted.”~~~READ MORE

Sociopathy Part 7: Gaslighting