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Merriam-Webster picks its word of the year: Gaslighting

Merriam-Webster, America's oldest dictionary publisher, has just chosen "gaslighting" as its word of the year. Searches on its website for the word have spiked by 1,740% in 2022, according to the company. Gaslighting derives its origins from Hamilton's Victorian-era play set in London about a middle-class marriage based on lies and deceit. Lead character Jack Manningham seeks to convince his wife Bella that she is going insane, including by saying she is imagining the dimming of the gas light in their home. -BBC News

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines gaslighting as

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines gaslighting as "psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one's emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator." Have you heard the term gas lighting prior to this survey?

"In this age of misinformation - of 'fake news', conspiracy theories, Twitter trolls, and deep fakes - gaslighting has emerged as a word for our time," Merriam-Webster said. As Merriam-Webster notes, while the term referred primarily to psychological manipulation in the 20th Century, its modern use is driven by "the vast increase in channels and technologies used to mislead" people, especially in personal and political contexts. Do you consider fake news or conspiracy theories to be "gaslighting"?

Have you ever been gaslit before?

Gaslighting is actually a far more complex form of psychological manipulation than just lying or disagreeing. An argumentative person trying to get you to change your mind in the here and now or lying to you is not necessarily gaslighting you. "Gaslighting is a deliberate and complex means of intentionally controlling an individual, carried out over an extended time," says Dr. Monica Vermani, a clinical psychologist in Toronto. Do you think the term "gaslighting" has been misused in today's society?

12/05/2022 Love & Relationships 10 2157 42 By: Tellwut
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