I want to know if there is an established psychology term for this pattern of behavior:
- A person does something, an action
- That something becomes known to one or more people, and the action is seen as negative
- (Optional) The person verbally acknowledges doing the negative action
- The person then denies ever doing the negative action (a falsehood)
- Donald Trump makes a remark that indicates he grabs women by their genitalia nonconsensually
- A recording of Trump making this remark is published
- Trump acknowledges that it was him making this statement
- Trump eventually denies that he ever said this, and that it was made up "fake news"
I'm looking for a succinct term that describes this pattern. Psychology has other terms to describe complex behavior such as "projection" and "codependency". So is there a known term for the above pattern?
My opinion is that these terms apply to elements of this pattern: gaslighting, lying, manipulation, and reframing. But these terms do not describe the behavior pattern overall. Something that strikes me about this pattern is how it erodes one's sense of reality, almost in an Orwellian sense.