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Evaluating News: Gaslighting

This LibGuide was created to help you evaluate the news around you, teach you to identify Fake News, Bias News, Satirical News and Propaganda

The goal of gaslighting is to leave the target feeling off-kilter and unsure of what is true and what is not.  To force the target to feel neurotic, hyper-sensitive and out of control.

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation or intimidation where a person or group covertly present false information, manipulate factual information, or withhold factual information making the victim(s) question their memory, perception, judgment, or even sanity. Using denial, misdirection, contradiction, and misinformation, gaslighting involves attempting to destabilize the victim(s) and delegitimize their beliefs.

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Donovan, Laura. “This Comic Exposes a Form of Relationship Abuse That Is Often Too Subtle to Notice.” ATTN,, 16 Dec. 2016,