The word gaslighting was Merriam-Webster’s 2022 word of the year. By definition, gaslighting is a form of manipulation in which someone attempts to create self-doubt and confusion for another person. Gaslighters twist their victims’ sense of reality and often put them in a state of cognitive dissonance where they are caught between two realities – what they perceive and what they’re being told. Imagine warm air coming down on a cold ocean – the two create fog. When we are in fog, we don’t see clearly and it becomes easy to feel anxious and lose our way.