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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gaslighting

The victims of the nonconsensual testing are gaslighted. Many of the targets that listen to the voices are harmed because they did what they were told. Once you break away it is easier to see the impact that they had on your situation. All the victims have reported thefts....most have been led to do something that is strange or to say something strange. odd behavior is part of this psychological testing...

Gaslighting is a form of torture. Gaslighting is the persistent and systematic use of terrorism, through a variety of means including but not limited to violence, threats of violence, coercion, manipulation, intimidation, and harassment to suppress resistance and achieve domination over targeted victims. Perpetrators of gaslighting use the deliberate, malicious misrepresentation of facts to alter or present something in a way that is false but advantageous for the purpose of prejudice or to make a person or persons form an opinion or belief based on insufficient knowledge which ultimately results in harm, disadvantage, or death to the targeted victim or victims. Gaslighting can be perpetrated by an idividual or a group to condition and control one or many. Propaganda, or false reports about a perceived enemy, is a tool which may be used in gaslighting. Persistent denials of fact, elaborations, exaggerations, minimizing, trivializing, and staging of events, are promoted and disinformation broadcast or disseminated with the expectation of instilling terror, panic, fear, confusion, anxiety, or apprehension.[1]
A variation of gaslighting, used as a form of harassment, is to subtly alter aspects of a victim's environment, thereby upsetting his or her peace of mind, sense of security.

[edit] Cultural connections
The term was coined from the 1940 film
Gaslight and its 1944 remake in which changes in gas light levels are experienced several times by the main character. The classic example in the film is the character Gregory using the gas lamps in the attic, causing the rest of the lamps in the house to dim slightly; when Paula comments on the lights' dimming, she is told she is imagining things. Paula believes herself alone in the house when the dimming occurs, unaware that Gregory has entered the attic from the house next door, and is searching for jewels he believes to be hidden there. The sinister interpretation of the change in light levels is part of a larger pattern of deception to which the character Paula is subjected.
Similar events have been depicted more recently in
soap operas. In Coronation Street in 2003, con-man and murderer Richard Hillman gaslighted Audrey Roberts to ensure that no one would believe her suspicions about his illegal activities. In Neighbours, Elle Robinson drove Max Hoyland crazy after he caused her brother's death in a car accident. Elle stole his car, kidnapped his son Charlie, stole his football tickets, and ordered alcohol in his name. The result was that Max's friends and family, and finally Max himself, believed that he was forgetting things and losing his grip on reality.
In the soap opera The Young and the Restless, character Drucilla Winters was also a target of gaslighting in 2007. Events included someone coming into her home and moving her stuff around, slashed tires, crank phone calls, and seeing phantom persons. The character was not believed by her friends and family and became isolated in her experience of these events. Later the character was so undone by these events that she had to check herself into a mental institution. Eventually it was proven that she was not crazy and she was released.

^ http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=AF267A130B3DAE943B22308CB4F2DE38?contentType=Article&hdAction=lnkpdf&contentId=863924
^ An interview with Margaret Singer on Undue Influence