[Ads-l] 1961 psychology use Re: [ADS-L] [Non-DoD Source] Re: "Gaslight" as a verb only five decades old

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Jan 13 17:38:19 UTC 2017

It is also popularly believed to be possible to "gaslight" a perfectly healthy person into psychosis by interpreting his own behavior to him as symptomatic of serious mental illness.While "gaslighting" itself may be a mythical crime, there is no question that any social attitude which interprets a given behavior or experience as symptomatic of a generalized incompetence is a powerful creator of shame[....]

P. 183 in Culture and Personality by Anthony F. C. Wallace (NY: Random House, 1961, First Printing, confirmed on paper).

Stephen Goranson


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Ben Yagoda, who initiated this thread, summarized our discussions of the
history of the verb "gaslight" in his latest column for the Chronicle's
Lingua Franca blog.


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