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17th May '17 7:28:39 AM NaraNumas
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* Gaslighting is a tactic often used by crafty domestic abusers to tie partners down to their relationship, by re-arranging things, getting items lost, and saying events happened different than remember, they create a sensation that the victim has no idea how to handle their own life and need to depend on the abuser to help them survive because they doubt if they could survive on their own.
30th Apr '17 10:00:17 PM mariic
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* Tried on Bruce Wayne in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Shriek". [[spoiler:It didn't work [[SpottingTheThread because the "voices" called him Bruce]], and [[SecretIdentityIdentity his identity as the original Batman was so ingrained]] that he didn't even think of himself as Bruce Wayne anymore.]] (Although it ''did'' work in that it got him committed for a while, until [[spoiler:the transmitter that was creating the "voices" was discovered]].)

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* Tried on Bruce Wayne in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Shriek". [[spoiler:It didn't work [[SpottingTheThread because the "voices" called him Bruce]], and [[SecretIdentityIdentity his identity as the original Batman was so ingrained]] [[ThatManIsDead that he didn't even think of himself as Bruce Wayne anymore.]] ]]]] (Although it ''did'' work in that it got him committed for a while, until [[spoiler:the transmitter that was creating the "voices" was discovered]].)
28th Apr '17 3:49:31 PM LtFedora
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** Another time, Dwight is convinced that Jim and Pam are blinking in Morse Code in order to talk about him behind his back. When he calls Pam out on this, she responds by pointing out that they are working parents of a newborn baby and asking if Dwight Honestly thought they would pay money to hire a babysitter so they could learn an outdated skill just to torment Dwight.

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** Another time, Dwight is convinced that Jim and Pam are blinking in Morse Code in order to talk about him behind his back. When he calls Pam out on this, she responds by pointing out that they are working parents of a newborn baby and asking if Dwight Honestly honestly thought they would pay money to hire a babysitter so they could learn an outdated skill just to torment Dwight.
28th Apr '17 3:49:01 PM LtFedora
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->Pam(cut): That's exactly what we did.

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->Pam(cut): --->Pam (cut): That's exactly what we did.
26th Apr '17 11:07:37 AM JusticeReaper
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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' during Barry Allen's tenure as the titular speedster, the villain Abra Kadabra sought to pull this on Barry by putting him in a situation where he'd be tricked into thinking that the iconic lightning-chemical bath, instead of giving him his powers, actually left him with horrible skin-burns. Kadabra even set up illusions of Barry's friends coming in to try and convince him that he'd never been a superhero, but rather that he'd been in a coma following his hospitalization. Near the end, though, Barry managed to defeat Kadabra after [[SpottingTheThread noticing a key detail]] that the villain had overlooked: [[spoiler:Kadabra had brought in an illusion of [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]] to taunt Barry, something which, if the supposed reality was true, should be impossible, as Zoom's origin was inspired by the Flash--basically, if the Flash never existed, then logically Zoom shouldn't exist either]].
24th Apr '17 10:22:22 AM hszmv1
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** Another time, Dwight is convinced that Jim and Pam are blinking in Morse Code in order to talk about him behind his back. When he calls Pam out on this, she responds by pointing out that they are working parents of a newborn baby and asking if Dwight Honestly thought they would pay money to hire a babysitter so they could learn an outdated skill just to torment Dwight.
->Pam(cut): That's exactly what we did.
10th Apr '17 11:14:42 AM nombretomado
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-->-- '''{{Seanbaby}}''', ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/exploring-the-mysteries-of-the-mind-with-the-sims-3/ Exploring the Mysteries of the Mind with]]'' ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', {{Website/Cracked}}.com

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-->-- '''{{Seanbaby}}''', '''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''', ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/exploring-the-mysteries-of-the-mind-with-the-sims-3/ Exploring the Mysteries of the Mind with]]'' ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', {{Website/Cracked}}.com
3rd Apr '17 7:21:14 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', the motormouth Autobot Swerve brags about doing this to his roommate, the paranoid security chief Red Alert, just to make him freak out. He then says he's going to wheel Red Alert into a different room while he's offline recharging.

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* In ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', the motormouth Autobot Swerve brags about doing this to his roommate, the paranoid security chief Red Alert, just to make him freak out. He then says he's going to wheel Red Alert into a different room while he's offline recharging. Given that Red Alert is known for being paranoid and ''violent'', this just serves to cement Swerve's TooDumbToLive status.
16th Mar '17 8:01:28 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Famously used in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand Chain of Command]]", in which the Cardassians use psychological torture to persuade Captain Picard to say that there are five lights in the room, when in fact there are four. Picard nearly breaks but remains defiant to the end, raggedly shouting, "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis There! Are! Four! Lights!]]" In the end, though, [[spoiler:Picard confesses to Troi that he was nearly willing to say he saw five lights to end the torture-- and for a moment he actually did believe there were five.]]

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* Famously used in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand Chain of Command]]", in which the Cardassians use psychological torture to persuade Captain Picard to say that there are five lights in the room, when in fact there are four. Picard nearly breaks but remains defiant to the end, raggedly shouting, "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis There! Are! Four! Lights!]]" Lights!]]", when he is released as Star Fleets manages to secure his release through a deal with the Cardassians. In the end, though, [[spoiler:Picard confesses to Troi that he was nearly willing to say he saw five lights to end the torture-- and for a moment he actually did believe there were five.]]
9th Mar '17 11:38:04 AM epoxy
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** Furthermore, such tricks seem to be used against the protagonist by the staff of the hospital. By the end, he doesn't know if everyone in the hospital is conspiring against him or if he has slipped into paranoid insanity.
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