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21st Aug '16 12:01:58 PM nombretomado
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* An ''ECComics'' story subverted this with a story in which a woman believes she is losing her mind after the death of her young son. It's actually a ploy by her husband to get her committed to an asylum, which is successful - [[spoiler:until the reveal that ''he's'' going to the asylum, and she played along with the doctors to lure him there. She had found out what he was doing and that he, not her, is the one who's mentally ill.]]

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* An ''ECComics'' ''Creator/ECComics'' story subverted this with a story in which a woman believes she is losing her mind after the death of her young son. It's actually a ploy by her husband to get her committed to an asylum, which is successful - [[spoiler:until the reveal that ''he's'' going to the asylum, and she played along with the doctors to lure him there. She had found out what he was doing and that he, not her, is the one who's mentally ill.]]
12th Aug '16 9:49:41 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheDarkEye'', one long term experiment at the School Of Pains involved putting drugs into the subjects dinner and letting undead bodyparts wander into his room at night, while at day convincing him that all experiences were halucinations and nightmares, offering joyful companionship and walks in the park. Goal was to find out, if the troubled mind would decide for one of the realities while negating the other or ultimately break apart.

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* In ''TheDarkEye'', ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'', one long term experiment at the School Of Pains involved putting drugs into the subjects dinner and letting undead bodyparts wander into his room at night, while at day convincing him that all experiences were halucinations and nightmares, offering joyful companionship and walks in the park. Goal was to find out, if the troubled mind would decide for one of the realities while negating the other or ultimately break apart.
2nd Aug '16 5:05:35 AM AdelePotter
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* In ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiary'', one of Tom's preferred tactics of abusing and manipulating Ginny is to tell her she "must be imagining things," deny she wrote to him when she did, outright lie about where she was at certain points, and, most disgustingly, passive-aggressively convince her that she is the Heir of Slytherin, and then turn around and make her feel like she's crazy when she begins to believe it, saying of ''course'' she can't be the Heir.
31st Jul '16 6:23:39 AM Temmere
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* ''JessicaJones'' shows gaslighting extensively (and very realistically, despite the setting - real-world victims of the technique have commented on how truthfully gaslighting is depicted by the show). This is not surprising, for a show that uses a villain with mind-controlling powers as an explicit metaphor for domestic abuse. At various times first season villain (and Jessica's former abuser) Kilgrave attempts to confuse and distort Jessica's reality not with his actual mind-control powers, but simply by retelling the story of their relationship from a delusional perspective, that he insists on in the face of Jessica's own memories. Similarly, we see other characters such as Trish deal with this tactic from her mother. Interestingly, Jessica Jones doesn't simply demonstrate realistic gaslighting and its psychological effects alone, but shows its characters combating the technique by re-asserting their own stories. A recurring theme has Jessica reciting the names of streets she knew from the neighbourhood she once lived in, part of a psychological technique sometimes used by victims of abuse to have something concrete to hold onto that is outside of the warped reality insisted on by their Kilgrave.

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* ''JessicaJones'' ''Series/JessicaJones'' shows gaslighting extensively (and very realistically, despite the setting - real-world victims of the technique have commented on how truthfully gaslighting is depicted by the show). This is not surprising, for a show that uses a villain with mind-controlling powers as an explicit metaphor for domestic abuse. At various times first season villain (and Jessica's former abuser) Kilgrave attempts to confuse and distort Jessica's reality not with his actual mind-control powers, but simply by retelling the story of their relationship from a delusional perspective, that he insists on in the face of Jessica's own memories. Similarly, we see other characters such as Trish deal with this tactic from her mother. Interestingly, Jessica Jones doesn't simply demonstrate realistic gaslighting and its psychological effects alone, but shows its characters combating the technique by re-asserting their own stories. A recurring theme has Jessica reciting the names of streets she knew from the neighbourhood she once lived in, part of a psychological technique sometimes used by victims of abuse to have something concrete to hold onto that is outside of the warped reality insisted on by their Kilgrave.
31st Jul '16 6:21:42 AM Temmere
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* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', the episode TheKerkovichWay reveals the eponymous way involves lying to someone, flooding them with specific details until they question their own perception of reality. Alex protests and says its wrong, while Jane (who does it so often to her husband he's one MRI away from a free MRI) uses it very often, to crazy extremes in this episode.

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* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', the episode TheKerkovichWay "The Kerkovich Way" reveals the eponymous way involves lying to someone, flooding them with specific details until they question their own perception of reality. Alex protests and says its wrong, while Jane (who does it so often to her husband he's one MRI away from a free MRI) uses it very often, to crazy extremes in this episode.
24th Jul '16 8:53:04 AM pinkdalek
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** In "The Android Invasion", it's revealed Styggron convinced Crayford that he only has one eye. Near the end of the story, the Doctor tells Crayford to take his eyepatch off, and he discovers the eye under there.
23rd Jul '16 5:45:38 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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A form of Psychological Torture and subtrope of DrivenToMadness. Some of the same tactics can be used in a ParanoiaGambit. In RealLife this term also refers to just ''persuading'' someone that they didn't see what they thought they saw, obviously they are mistaken in what happened and why. See also WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou and TwoPlusTortureMakesFive. In some cases, it's a kind of GambitRoulette, relying upon implausible chances. See also ItWasThereISwear. Not to be confused with FartsOnFire or {{Fartillery}}.

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A form of Psychological Torture and subtrope of DrivenToMadness. Some of the same tactics can be used in a ParanoiaGambit. In RealLife this term also refers to just ''persuading'' someone that they didn't see what they thought they saw, obviously they are mistaken in what happened and why. See also WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou and TwoPlusTortureMakesFive. In some cases, it's a kind of GambitRoulette, relying upon implausible chances. See also ItWasThereISwear. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with FartsOnFire with]] FartsOnFire, {{Fartillery}} or {{Fartillery}}.
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18th Jul '16 12:46:30 AM trentongm
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* Using this as a way to make women lose confidence is a tactic used by some members of the Pick-up Community.
12th Jul '16 10:37:51 AM Premonition45
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* Tried on Bruce Wayne in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. [[spoiler:It didn't work 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 one the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. "Shriek". [[spoiler:It didn't work [[SpottingTheThread because the "voices" called him Bruce, 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]].)
3rd Jul '16 12:50:08 PM Jerry
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* In ''TheDarkEye'', one long term experiment at the School Of Pains involved putting drugs into the subjects dinner and letting undead bodyparts wander into his room at night, while at day convincing him that all experiences were halucinations and nightmares, offering joyful companionship and walks in the park. Goal was to find out, if the troubled mind would decide for one of the realities while negating the other or ultimately break apart.
--> "Despite heavy fear attacks, general mental instability and explicit suicidal tendencies, the experiment will continue as planned."
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