News To Know: armed robbery at McDonald’s, word of the year

MONETT, Mo. – Authorities in Monett say a man was found dead in a basement after a house fire Tuesday afternoon. Investigators are not releasing his identity at this time. The Monett Fire and Police and the Missouri State Fire Marshals Office are investigating how the fire started. Click here to read more about this story.

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Monday, November 28, Baxter Springs Police responded to a residence, 2400 Lincoln Ave, regarding a shooting. The suspect in the case, Kyle Butts, has been formally charged in relation to the event that took place on November 28th.  He is currently being held at the Cherokee County Jail without bond.  He has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, one count of Attempted First Degree Murder, and Interference with Law Enforcement. To read more about this story, click here.

AURORA, Mo. — Police and investigators responded late Tuesday night, November 29, 2022, to a report of an Armed Robbery at McDonald’s, 1529 South Elliot in Aurora. Investigators say two masked subjects entered the restaurant dressed in black, with their faces covered. Click here to read the full article.

NATIONAL — The Merriam-Webster dictionary declares “gaslighting” as its 2022 word of the year…but what does it mean? The dictionary defines “gaslighting” as a psychological manipulation of a person over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question their reality. The goal is for the victim to rely entirely on the manipulator — typically a narcissist — for their perception of reality. Mental health experts say gaslighting requires planting seeds of doubt in order to exert control and distort the victim’s view of reality.

“Gaslighting” and how to protect yourself from it

Gaslighting is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, but many people may not know what it is…or why they should protect themselves from it. According to the dictionary, gaslighting is a “psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories”. 2022 saw a 1740% increase in lookups for gaslighting, with high interest throughout the year, in part due to the infiltration of “fake news,” conspiracy theories, Twitter trolls, and deep fakes.

KOAM’s Amber Jenkins talked with mental health experts, and they liken the effects of gaslighting to a sighted person walking into a room. They can walk through the room well enough; until they are persuaded to close their eyes and walk through the same room. They begin to doubt their own perceptions.

Gaslighting is an intentional act of attempting to exert control over a victim, and narcissism tends to be a quality found in gaslighters; as narcissists tend to see only their reality, attempt to make their own reality, and express their own reality.

Having a definition to work from, potential victims can now protect themselves from gaslighting attempts and relationships with narcissists.  Each person’s mental health is important, and avoiding and skillfully navigating gaslighting situations will help to provide protection.