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President Obama Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Biden

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3 Responses to “January rambling #1: Tower of Terror”

  • Whenever someone would deliberately change the personal history between that person and me in order to win an argument, or to pull some kind nastiness on me, I would become frustrated and angry. If I’d tried to point out what they were doing I’d end up sputtering, and the liar would smile a superior sneer and look at me with contempt. Because, of course, their trick was working and they could see it.

    But recently I learned the word “gaslighting.” It comes from a movie called Gaslight (1944) and was formulated by literary types who referenced the movie for the concept. From there it has filtered to the rest of us, an unusual path for a popular word to become standard.

    For me it has been wonderful to discover that I’m not the only person in the world who has to deal with this problem from sleazy sniveling people, and that the entire concept can be expressed with one word. Now when someone changes our mutual history to gain some kind of advantage over me (“I never said that” etc.) I just say “Don’t gaslight me” and their sneers turn to frowns and they slink away.

    Now, of course, gaslighting is the political method favored by the sleazebags who have seized control of our country with an electoral coup. We Americans need this word so we can stand up to America’s internal enemies for the next four years and beyond.

  • Roger says:

    Ah, I wrote about gaslighting four years ago: https://www.rogerogreen.com/2013/02/23/g-is-for-gaslighting/

  • I missed that article, or more likely skimmed over it. I saw the movie several times on TV when I was a kid. It was a sinister movie about a sinister plot, although as a kid I thought it was kind of dumb (the kid that I once was thought, Who has gaslights anyway? And why would that woman trust that guy?)

    I use the word much more loosely than you define it in the article. I define it as any attempt to change actual history to further a momentary goal either big or small. And because we Americans are actually famous for forgetting history and for concealing it from ourselves, that form of lying we now call gaslighting is all too widespread.

    And of course, once again Mr. Green is ahead of me and everybody else, a real trendsetter.

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