Key Word of the day: Gaslighting

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by Dazzlerocks

What is gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief.

People will gaslight you when they want you to move away from the very thing they’re hiding.

Abusive people for example may abuse someone and then when confronted about it, they’ll pretend like it never happened.

This can happen on the individual and institutional level.

An article by Tuesda Roberts and D. Carter Andrews specifically focuses on African-American teachers, and attributes the severely low percentage of African-Americans in the teaching profession to “macro-level and micro-level laws and policies [that] have historically and contemporarily positioned the black educator as ‘outsider’ and as ‘on the margins'”, competent to teach Black students but not White students, a form of gaslighting reinforced by “the exodus of White educators from predominantly non-White schools”.

One of the key aspects of gaslighting is wearing the person down. People may believe something but through continual reinforcement that it is not true, they may give up and accept the alternative.

We in this subreddit must research, use our intuition and draw conclusions for ourselves whether something is real or not.

There is child trafficking happening in the United States. There are missing children in the United States. There are real cults dedicated to abducting children. Do the research and see which areas have the highest amount of registered sex offenders, the highest amount of missing children, and the most likely to have corruption within the local government.


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