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3rd Sep '17 11:08:31 AM emilyaum
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Named after the play/movie [[Gaslight]], Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.

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Named after the play/movie [[Gaslight]], ''Gaslight'', Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.
3rd Sep '17 11:07:53 AM emilyaum
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Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.

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Named after the play/movie [[Gaslight]], Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.
8th Aug '17 12:39:26 AM eroock
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->''I began removing toys from the home while Beef sleeps. I want him to think that maybe the kid was never there to begin with, which seems like an inadequate mind game now that ghosts are forcing him to pee on himself.''

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->''I ->''"I began removing toys from the home while Beef sleeps. I want him to think that maybe the kid was never there to begin with, which seems like an inadequate mind game now that ghosts are forcing him to pee on himself.''"''
17th Jul '17 12:47:57 AM jormis29
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* The 1961 film "The Pit and the Pendulum" has a man believe he accidentally buried his late wife alive. It turns out [[spoiler:his wife was never dead and is conspiring with the man's best friend, who was also the doctor who declared her dead, to drive the man insane so they can continue an affair they are having. They succeed, but soon find [[GoneHorriblyRight they have driven him]] ''[[InsaneEqualsViolent too]]'' [[AxCrazy insane]], and are quickly on the receiving end of LaserGuidedKarma.]]

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* The 1961 film "The Pit and the Pendulum" ''Film/ThePitAndThePendulum'' has a man believe he accidentally buried his late wife alive. It turns out [[spoiler:his wife was never dead and is conspiring with the man's best friend, who was also the doctor who declared her dead, to drive the man insane so they can continue an affair they are having. They succeed, but soon find [[GoneHorriblyRight they have driven him]] ''[[InsaneEqualsViolent too]]'' [[AxCrazy insane]], and are quickly on the receiving end of LaserGuidedKarma.]]
7th Jul '17 11:33:54 AM bitemytail
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* One guy got revenge on his brother's BadBoss by [[http://www.wvgazette.com/Life/lifecolumnists/201010300059 making him believe his house]] was built on an IndianBurialGround. The boss eventually had to check into a hotel.
5th Jul '17 1:13:37 PM MicoolTNT
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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.

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* Gaslighting is a tactic often used by crafty domestic abusers to tie partners down to their relationship, relationship; by re-arranging things, getting items lost, "lost", and saying events happened different differently than remember, remembered, they create a sensation the sense that the victim has no idea how to handle their own life and need needs to depend on the abuser to help them survive because they doubt if that they could survive on their own.
5th Jul '17 10:55:51 AM Odacon_Spy
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* At one point in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' Wei and an ally break into the mansion of a deeply superstitious and emotionally unstable [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss and ruin his ''feng shui'' by moving his furniture around, destroying all but {{four|IsDeath}} of his decorative vases and stopping his wallclock at [[FourIsDeath 4:44]] to make him think he's being haunted by vengeful spirits to push him into relapsing on his heroin addiction. While leaving, Wei's ally comments that that [[SubvertedTrope the boss might not buy the "ghost" story]], but figures that believing people are breaking into his mansion to mess with him will also have the desired effect on his psyche.

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* At one point in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', Wei and an ally break into the mansion of a deeply superstitious and emotionally unstable [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss and ruin his ''feng shui'' by moving his furniture around, destroying all but {{four|IsDeath}} of his decorative vases and stopping his wallclock at [[FourIsDeath 4:44]] to make him think that he's being haunted by vengeful spirits to push him into relapsing spirits, so that he will relapse on his heroin addiction. While leaving, Wei's ally comments that that [[SubvertedTrope the boss might not buy the "ghost" story]], but figures that believing people are breaking into his mansion to mess with him will also have the desired effect on his psyche.
5th Jul '17 10:53:12 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' did this in the season 1 episode "The Ringbanger" -- Creator/LeslieNielsen played a visiting colonel with an unusually high casualty rate, and the doctors gaslit him in order to prevent him reassuming his command.

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* ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' did this in the season 1 episode "The Ringbanger" -- Creator/LeslieNielsen played a visiting colonel with an unusually astonishingly high casualty rate, and the doctors gaslit gave him "a karate chop to his mental well-being" in order to prevent him reassuming his command.command, by moving the location of his tent (and the camp loudspeaker next to it) repeatedly, giving him a glass of milk that he had apparently been insistent about getting all morning and convincing him that Major Burns is really a homosexual crossdresser lusting after him.



* About half the pranks Jim plays on Dwight in the American version of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' fall under this category. Of note is the time he and Pam got an actor friend to make Dwight think Jim had [[http://youtu.be/kqgWXW4nVe0 retroactively turned Asian-American.]]
** 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.

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* About half the pranks Jim plays on Dwight in the American version of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' fall under this category. Of note is the time he and Pam got an actor friend to make Dwight think Jim had [[http://youtu.be/kqgWXW4nVe0 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oegm-1zNcaY retroactively turned Asian-American.]]
** 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 them out on this, she Jim 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): --->'''Jim''': ''[[GilliganCut (cut)]]'' Yep! That's exactly what we did.



* A late game mission in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' has you force a deeply superstitious and emotionally unstable [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss to relapse on his heroin addiction. The plan is to break into his mansion and make him think he's being haunted by vengeful spirits, mostly by moving his furniture around and ruining his ''feng shui'', destroying all but {{four|IsDeath}} of his decorative vases, stopping his clock at [[FourIsDeath 4:44]], etc. Somewhat {{subverted|Trope}}, since your partner for the mission acknowledges that he might not buy the "ghost" story and realize that people are breaking into his house to mess with him, but figures that will also have the desired effect on his psyche.

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* A late game mission At one point in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' has you force Wei and an ally break into the mansion of a deeply superstitious and emotionally unstable [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss to relapse on and ruin his heroin addiction. The plan is to break into his mansion and make him think he's being haunted by vengeful spirits, mostly ''feng shui'' by moving his furniture around and ruining his ''feng shui'', around, destroying all but {{four|IsDeath}} of his decorative vases, vases and stopping his clock wallclock at [[FourIsDeath 4:44]], etc. Somewhat {{subverted|Trope}}, since your partner for the mission acknowledges 4:44]] to make him think he's being haunted by vengeful spirits to push him into relapsing on his heroin addiction. While leaving, Wei's ally comments that he that [[SubvertedTrope the boss might not buy the "ghost" story and realize story]], but figures that believing people are breaking into his house mansion to mess with him, but figures that him will also have the desired effect on his psyche.
28th Jun '17 12:55:46 AM DrOO7
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* ''Series/AllMyChildren''. Janet Green hires an actor who looks exactly like Dixie Martin's dead brother Will (who Janet murdered) to terrorize her. It works until another character runs into Will and mentions it to Dixie, who realizes that she isn't going crazy.
* ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'': Crazed murderer Sheila Carter swaps Stephanie Forrester's calcium tablets for mercury pills, then manages to break into her home and either shift things around or steal them and later return them. Stephanie's resulting erratic behavior has herself and her loved ones wondering if she's becoming senile or outright cracking up.
** Sheila herself was a victim of this. Enraged when her husband James dumps her for Sheila, Maggie begins piping recordings into Sheila's home of her many victims.
* Felicia Jones and Mac Scorpio pull the same stunt on ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Ryan Chamberlain, trying to get him to confess to being a SerialKiller--they break into his apartment and spray paint it with messages from his victims--"WHY?!", "You will pay", etc.
18th Jun '17 11:35:56 AM elemt
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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the rest of the study group all insist to Pierce that they [[ForgottenBirthday celebrated his birthday]], blaming the painkillers he's taking for why he doesn't remember.
** It turns out this particular example doesn't work; in a later episode, after Pierce has played all sorts of convoluted mind-games on the study group under the pretext that he's dying, they angrily demand to know why he did so. Pierce yells back that he's sick of them all treating him like some kind of joke, citing their pathetic attempt at this and expecting him to buy it as one of the examples. They look suitably shamed (although they also point out that Pierce's treatment of ''them'' in turn kind of justifies their treatment of him).

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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** The
rest of the study group all insist to Pierce that they [[ForgottenBirthday celebrated his birthday]], blaming the painkillers he's taking for why he doesn't remember.
**
remember. It turns out this particular example doesn't work; in a later episode, after Pierce has played all sorts of convoluted mind-games on the study group under the pretext that he's dying, they angrily demand to know why he did so. Pierce yells back that he's sick of them all treating him like some kind of joke, citing their pathetic attempt at this and expecting him to buy it as one of the examples. They look suitably shamed (although they also point out that Pierce's treatment of ''them'' in turn kind of justifies their treatment of him).him).
** Dr. Heidi tries to do this and convince the study group that Greendale Community College isn't real and they were all inmates at "Greendale Asylum". They initially buy it, but swiftly realize this claim makes ''no sense'', and as he tried it out of desperation with no time to set anything up they have copious physical evidence to prove him wrong.
--> '''Annie:''' I'm literally carrying a Greendale backpack!
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