The next two gaslighting techniques from Psychology Today are:
5. Form Codependent Relationships. The Oxford Dictionary defines codependency as “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner.” In a gaslighting relationship, the gaslighter elicits constant insecurity and anxiety in the gaslightee, thereby pulling the gaslightee by the strings. …
6. Give False Hope. As a manipulative tactic, the gaslighter will occasionally treat the victim with mildness, moderation, and even superficial kindness or remorse, to give the gaslightee false hope. …
Anyone paying attention will recognize the pattern of the MSM inducing “insecurity and anxiety” in the general public. We are constantly bombarded with “the world is ending!” narratives, for example Global Warming!, Pandemic!, Murder Hornets!, Russia Collusion!, Nooses!, and on and on. This unrelenting flood of anxiety inducing stories keeps the American public on edge, and for the more credulous and misinformed in a state of constant upset.
This media induced state of mind renders us more vulnerable to manipulative narratives that push us towards the ceding of responsibility and liberty to the “false hope” providers, who invariably are government (world or national) organizations. The underlying message is that we are constantly beset with world ending threats that only an ever more powerful government is capable of thwarting.
As a consequence, over time our self-confidence and self-reliance are diminished. The scope of our independent action shrinks accordingly, leaving us ever more dependent on the judgement and policies of remote, anonymous elites.
Unless we intervene to disrupt this cycle of crisis, anxiety and solution this process will continue until we have ceded so much freedom that recovery becomes exceedingly difficult and painful. It’s possible that we are already past the point of no return. Perhaps the 2020 election will provide conclusive data on where we actually stand.