“The gaslighting techniques are used in conjunction to try to make the victim doubt their own thoughts, memories and actions. Soon the victim is scared to bring up any topic at all for fear they are “wrong” about it or don’t remember the situation correctly.
The worst gaslighters will even create situations that allow for the usage of gaslighting techniques.”
Researching different methods of human behavior and interaction, even those which border on abuse, is a healthy practice which can lend itself to a story’s characters’ flare for the dramatic. Keep in mind this form of interaction called “Gaslighting” – so named after the play/film “Gaslight”.
As an important sidenote: you may know someone in your own life who has attempted to, or succeeded at, gaslighting you. If you’re able to draw on that experience for character development, then do so.
After reading this article, I hope we’re all a little more educated on the topic.