There has been a rising public interest in the methods employed by certain personality types to manipulate the people around them. People are rightly afraid that there might be someone in their life secretly controlling their decisions.
There are many manipulation techniques and are utilized most often by psychopaths, psychopaths, narcissists, and other anti-social, aggressive personalities.
The tricky and consistently fake social projections these types hide behind make them very hard to identify. Constant vigilance and a questioning attitude can be tiring but it is necessary.
Gaslighting is one of the scarier ways that someone can control another. In it the manipulator seeks to dissolve the victim’s faith in their own judgements and perceptions.
When successful the victim doesn’t trust their own opinion or perspective. It comes from a 1930’s film ‘Gaslight’.
In the film a husband attempts to drive his wife insane by subtly changing her environment and claiming that nothing is wrong or changed.
This can be done in several ways. In one method, a person can state a lie or opposing view so assertively that the other person doubts their original thought.
If confronted about the discrepancies seen the scheming party can upset the victim through self righteous indignation.