Gaslighting and False Narratives

I am certain that some false narratives are / have circulated about me.

At an IoP sponsored entrepreneurship event someone who did not know who I was when talking to me claimed to have met me several times and had a whole list of made up shit which he had probably gotten via the CEO of our company who was claiming to have done stuff which I knew he was intellectually incapable of.

He, the CEO, was a good manipulator but not scientifically literate. He was a nasty piece of work to boot.

I have heard stories about me, elaborated by others, about my alleged feats of shagging prowess. These were vastly wrong, highly exaggerated, and highly inaccurate.

It is very easy to discount what I say. I am not a big cheese professor at a top fromage university. Put my word against one of those, I know who will be “trusted” or at least remain unchallenged. I am clearly some barking mad New Age loony tune, obvs. I am some peasant retiree living in rural Brittany and not all backslapping Kool and the Gang. One does not have to look me in the eye if we pass in the corridor at work.

To paint me as an eccentric nut job, is to allow the warm cosy comfort of confirmation bias to seep, along with the XO cognac, into the veins.

One of the first things I learned in pastoral care was ALWAYS check what was/is being spun at you. That is hold off conclusion until you have more information from as many sides as possible. Keep stumm. Do not gob off.

I have been very fortunate to have been exposed to some skilful manipulators in my time. I have monitored things published on the internet from which I have been conveniently redacted.  For example, it was once claimed that Théun merged the Toltec USA / UK groups. No, it wasn’t him it was me. People claim all sorts of stuff…There are several other cases where I have been redacted from the narrative.

People can have very selective memories and write their own aggrandised hagiographies.

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… You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round

Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round

You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round

Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round

Songwriters: Richard Stannard / Julian Gallagher / Richard Breen / Timothy Lever / Michael Percy / Peter Burns / Stephen Coy

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) lyrics © Burning Music Ltd., Emi Music Publishing Ltd, Westbury Music Ltd

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This tendency to want to appear better than, more shiny than you actually are is a slippery slope.

I have been gaslit and had false narratives circulated about me…there are a lot of Jodrells out there

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Some questions:

Are you a gaslighter or a gaslightee?

Are you a purveyor or a consumer of false narratives?

Are you manipulative or gullible?

Hook, line and sinker?

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