Gaslighting is actually a form of emotional abuse that is seen in abusive relationships. It is the act of manipulating a person by forcing them to question their thoughts, memories, and also the events occurring around them. A victim of gaslighting can be pushed so far that they question their own sanity. This gaslighting action was indeed very dangerous.
Gaslighting can happen in many types of relationships, including those with bosses, friends, and parents. Even in a popular movies, this gaslighting action can be done. One of the movies that committed gaslighting a lot would be none other than the ‘Tangled’ movie. The gaslighting can be seen done towards Rapunzel by the cruel Mother Gothel.
1) Gaslighters Tell Blatant Lies
In the movie, Mother Gothel is telling Rapunzel things that simply are not true. She did all of these just to make sure that Rapunzel stays in the tower and would not want to be out of that place ever.
2) Gaslighters Deny Lies, Even Other People Have Proof About It
Mother Gothel telling Rapunzel in the movie that Rapunzel could leave the tower when she is old enough or when she is grown-up or smart enough but then totally reneging the promise she said.
3) Gaslighters Use What Is Near And Dear To The Other People As Ammunition
Mother Gothel completely questioned and belittled every feature of Rapunzel to make sure that Rapunzel is frightened enough so that she would never leave the tower. In the movie, it can be seen when Mother Gothel sings the ‘Mother Knows Best’ song.
4) Gaslighters Wear Other People Down Over Time
In the movie, Rapunzel has been in the tower for 18 years being steadily fed a mental diet of all of this garbage. So, no wonder when Rapunzel actually leaves the tower, she goes a little bonkers and questions her own sanity, her own judgment, and also her own reason.
5) Gaslighters Action Do Not Match Their Words
In the movie, Mother Gothel constantly says that she loves Rapunzel the most. But what she actually means is, Mother Gothel loves controlling Rapunzel the most.
Sources: YouTube Cinema Therapy.