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Gaslighting   Leave a comment

Gaslighting is a technique of twisting and spinning information with the intent of making victims doubt their own perceptions and reality.

The term derives from a 1938 play, later adapted to the film Gas Light released in 1940 and 1944. The plot involves the psychological manipulation by a husband who attempts to convince his wife that she is insane. He manipulates aspects of their environment, and then insists that she is mistaken or delusional. The film title refers to his dimming the gas lights in the house, but the husband insists his wife just imagined the change.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – A variation of Parental Alienation.   Leave a comment

Parental Alienation Syndrome has been typically defined as one parent turning the child against the other parent. However, in a variation of the syndrome, a child may be unwarrantedly estranged by Dark Forces other than a parent.

To fight or not to fight abusive relationships   Leave a comment

One of my patients raised a searing question. Why did his ex-wife, his children, and his own siblings seem to hate him. “I must be doing something,” he said. Not really, I told him. Your family simply feels better by making you feel worse. They detect your vulnerability and project their own sense of inadequacy and insecurity onto you. They need to abuse you so they can feel better.

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