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Gaslighting: A fake Russian scandal and a President convicted by words he never said

September 9, 2017

So here we are: a Russian scandal that never was and a racist president convicted by words he never said. These are classic examples of gaslighting, where the abusers push a completely false reality to make people doubt their own knowledge and perception.

Gail Saltz, M.D., a psychiatrist, explains it like this:

[Gaslighting] is like someone saying the sky is green over and over again, and at first you’ll be like ‘no, no. Then over time the person starts to manipulate you into saying ‘I guess I can’t really see what color the sky is.’ It’s just this sense of unreality.