Date: November 10, 2019 02:17PM
"Gaslighting is a manipulative tactic in which a person, to gain power and control, plants seeds of uncertainty in the victim. The self-doubt and constant skepticism slowly and meticulously cause the individual to question their reality." --https://www.thrivetalk.com/gaslighting/
This tactic can result in a variety of emotional responses from the victim. It's NOT just about feeling crazy, although the idea of not being capable of seeing the world properly does commonly lead to doubts about one's sanity.
Feeling inadequate, broken in some intangible way, stupid, unworthy to live or have any nice possessions, friends, food and shelter like other people, becoming depressed, suicidal, angry and viewing oneself as hopelessly trapped are all very well documented experiences of narcissistic gaslighting.
In it's most narrow definition, yes, it means deliberate manipulation of the environment to induce a feeling of psychosis, as in the movie, but in today's survivor culture it has a broader meaning that encompasses the projective nature of narcissism and the long term self-reliability questioning it causes in the victim.
Mo'ism is at heart a narcissistic organization that engages in mass gaslighting to continue to obtain its primary goals of money and obedience to a narrow minded socioeconomic and political agenda from its followers.
The cult actively teaches its authority structure how to use narcissistic projection to avoid the organization being held accountable for the damage if causes families while keeping those families willing to pray, pay and obey. It was founded by a malignant narcissist who passed the torch to other malignant narcissists.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is "contagious" in that there is both a genetic predisposition in the children of narcissists as well as narcissistic parenting being toxic to the formation of normal personality in young children.
There is no need or point in separating the individual from the organization when both are so fundamentally alike. A quarter has two sides, the individual head of Washington on the obverse, a representation of the nation on the reverse. When your narcissistic abuser is a Mormon, do not look for a disparity between individual and organization where there is none. No matter which picture you look it on the quarter, it is worth 25 cents.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/10/2019 02:20PM by ptbarnum.