Gaslighting: Zero Empathy
Gaslighting is a strategy commonly employed by pricks. It helps them get their own way. But to be prepared to do it, you have to be dramatically empathy-deficient.
Last time I said we’d begin looking at specific gaslighting terms or phrases used by pricks. But I’ve changed my mind. Surprise, surprise.
As stated in the previous article, the term ‘gaslighting’ evolved as a shorthand way of describing the core feature of the behaviour of the villain in a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton, called ‘Gas Light’. In this play the villain slowly drives his wife into believing she is going insane.
Given how bad it can be, is it possible to like gaslighting?
The horrifying truth is that some people love gaslighting. Pricks love gaslighting. Because it’s effective. In the mind of a prick, it keeps other people in their place: subjugated to the prick.
I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you’re a non-prick. So if you were to read or see Patrick Hamilton’s play, ‘Gas Light’, your ‘mirror neurons’ – the things that help you feel empathy – would switch on, and you’d begin to identify with the villain’s wife: the injustice of the situation, the horror of the situation, her pain. You’d feel for her.
But that isn’t the case with pricks. A really seriously bad prick would watch or read the play, and smile at the way the villain is getting away with it. No mirror neurons. No empathy. And they’d pay careful attention to the strategies used. Because their aim would be to learn from the play to improve their prickery skills.
Gaslighting is evil. But pricks don’t think so. They’re quire happy to practice it. They have no empathy.
If I have one terrible fear about my book ‘Prick Radar’, it’s this. That pricks may use it as a handbook to sharpen up their domination skills.
But I can’t do anything about that. All I can do is hope that it helps people who are victims.
Until then - P.J. Cavē