SOCIAL SCIENCES

Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People—and Break Free

Lifelong: Da Capo. Oct. 2018. 272p. bibliog. ISBN 9780738284668. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738284651. PSYCH
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OrangeReviewStarLicensed mental health counselor Sarkis (Natural Relief for Adult ADHD; Making the Grade with ADD) introduces the little-researched phenomenon of gaslighting, manipulating someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. This behavior can be found in politics, the boardroom, and personal relationships. Gaslighters are usually quite charming but also master controllers who use specific techniques (e.g., triangulating, expecting special treatment, etc.). Sarkis demonstrates how to avoid falling for a gaslighter, or getting free of one if caught in their game, with in-depth portraits of domestic abusers and false messiahs as well as family members who use others as scapegoats.
VERDICT A fascinating and necessary study of rampant gaslighting and how to steer clear of being a victim.
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