This is from, “Gaslighting, the Double Whammy, Interrogation and Other Methods of Covert Control in Psychotherapy and Analysis” by Theo. L. Dorpat
“Gaslighting in a type of projective identification in which the individual (or group of individuals) attempt to influence the mental functioning of a second individual by causing the latter to doubt the validity of his or her judgments, perceptions, and/or reality testing in order that the victim will more readily submit his will and person to the victimizer.
Gaslighting is a common and powerful interpersonal dynamic in a variety of different tactics and techniques both individuals and groups have used for attaining interpersonal and social control over the psychic functioning of other individuals and groups. Gaslighting is an important aspect in many of the brainwashing and indoctrination techniques employed by cults and totalitarian fascist and communist regimes in their coercive management and oppression of political prisoners of war.
The various types of gaslighting have in common two defining features. The first is an attempt to impair or destroy an individual’s confidence in his or her psychic abilities. After this first aim has been achieved, the second aim is to gain control over the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of the victim.
By making another person feel fearful, guilty, or ashamed, the manipulator is in a position to gain control over an individuals affects, thoughts and behaviors by substituting his own beliefs. This is the basic mechanism of gaslighting whether used in every day life, psychotherapy situations, or in the thought-reform and mind-control manipulations of cult leaders. Some advertising and many social interactions in which one person attempts to gain control over another are based on this principle…”
Has anyone or anything ever confused, the taken over your thinking?
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