The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. — James Baldwin
machination : a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end — Webster
Gaslighting, an elaborate and insidious technique of psychological manipulation, usually practiced by a single deceiver, or “gaslighter,” on a single victim over an extended period. Its effect is to gradually undermine the victim’s confidence in his own ability to distinguish truth from falsehood, right from wrong, or reality from appearance, thereby rendering him pathologically dependent on the gaslighter in his thinking or feelings. — Encyclopædia Britannica
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