Manipulation Tactics and Gaslighting
Manipulation tactics and gaslighting go hand in hand. In fact, it’s a manipulator’s astute use of various tactics that produce the gaslighting effect. I described this “crazy-making” feeling in the first edition of In Sheep’s Clothing, over 26 years ago. But at the time, a commonly accepted term for it didn’t exist.
In recent years, gaslighting has come to be regarded as a specific tactic. It’s understood that disturbed characters try to make you doubt yourself as a way of having their way with you. But not as much attention has been given to the specific tactics they use to make you question your judgment. And that’s unfortunate because it’s precisely the relationship between the manipulation tactics that narcissists and other disturbed characters employ and the gaslighting effect they induce that you need to understand to maximally empower yourself.
From Gaslighting to Empowerment
Victims of chronic gaslighting don’t just question their perceptions and judgment. They start to question their very sanity. They become so full of doubt that they can even stop growing. Folks equally skilled in the arts of positive impression management and the tactics of manipulation can invite a person to doubt quite intensely. But that’s why I’ve written all of my books and have published so many articles. Once a one-time victim comes to realize who their manipulator really is, what they’re really up to, and why they really do the hurtful things they do, the path to renewed personal growth and greater empowerment becomes clearer.
A Noteworthy Interview and Podcast
A while ago, the kind folks at the LoveFix Podcast interviewed me on the topic of gaslighting. And we explored not only the origins of the term but also all the various tactics manipulators use to instill this effect. The interview is now available on all the major platforms. You can access it by following any of the links listed below: