In India, both the North and the South, I have come across the expression ‘Passing Gas,’ (only the word Gas in English), and NOT meaning Flatulence. It signifies False information.
But in practical usage, had never thought that it refers to Systematic methods of Mental Abuse and all that.
Sadly, that happens QUITE A LOT in India. And altogether too many people are prey to it. They believe the ‘promises’ made by the politicians, and the Country keeps sliding lower and lower.
Too few Raise their Voices to Counter this. Worse than Sad.
Ingrid Bergman in the 1944 film Gaslight
Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.
The term owes its origin to the play Gas Light and its film adaptations, after which it was coined popularly. The term has been used in clinical and research literature.
A form of intimidation or psychological abuse, sometimes called Ambient Abuse where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity. The classic example of gaslighting is to switch something around on someone that you know they’re sure to notice, but…
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