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December 12, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- "Gaslighting" is a colloquial term that means "manipulated."

The word comes from the movie Gaslight in which the villain manipulates his wife, successfully convincing her and the community the woman is going crazy. His intention is to have her committed and steal her fortune.

Have you ever been gaslighted? Has anyone every tried to convince you and/or others that you are the bad guy when, in reality, the manipulator is the real bad guy?

Gaslight is a 1940 British film directed by Thorold Dickinson which stars Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard, and features Frank Pettingell. The film adheres more closely to the original play upon which it is based – Patrick Hamilton's Gas Light (1938) – than the better-known 1944 MGM adaptation. The play had been shown on Broadway as Angel Street,[2] so when the film was released in the United States it was given the same name. According to the TCM database, it has also been released in the UK as A Strange Case of Murder.[3]

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