After Kellyanne Conway’s notorious “alternative facts” statement, someone had bought alternativefacts.com and redirected it. It gets redirected to an article about “gaslighting” by Psychology Today.
Someone bought alternativefacts.com and redirected it. Go ahead, click on it…. 😀
The article is titled “Gaslighting: Know It and Identify It to Protect Yourself,” by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. which was published January 22, 2017.
The article starts out by defining the word ‘gaslighting’ as “a tactic of behavior in which a person or entity, to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works a lot better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting. It is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed.”
Even though there are no references to politics in her article, it is pretty clear what kind of message the article is trying to send.
The article goes into 11 techniques that people use to gaslight:
1. They tell you blatant lies.
2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.
3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.
4. They wear you down over time.
5. Their actions do not match their words.
6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.
7. They know confusion weakens people.
8. They project.
9. They try to align people against you.
10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.
11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.
Sarkis ends her article with almost a warning: “The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them before you fall into the gaslighter’s trap.”