Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which one person systematically and deliberately manipulates the emotions of another person in order to make them doubt their own sanity.
Here are some signs of gaslighting that may you experience:
1. You start to doubt your own memory and recall of events.
2. You feel like you’re being pulled in two different directions like you don’t know who you are anymore.
3. You start to question your beliefs and opinions, even if they’ve been solidly grounded in reality before.
4. The person who is gaslighting you becomes very good at making you feel guilty for saying anything that contradicts their version of events.
5. The person who is gaslighting you starts to isolate you from your friends and family, refusing to let you talk about what's been going on or let you go on any trips with them.
Coping with Gaslighting Behavior
There's no one definitive way to deal with gaslighting behavior, as the behavior can vary depending on the individual abuser.
But some signs of gaslighting that may be indicative of an abuse situation include: being told repeatedly that you're imagining or exaggerating things; being made to feel like your thoughts and feelings are irrelevant or wrong; being made to feel like you're crazy or paranoid; being reduced to a child or treated like a subordinate; not being believed when you tell someone about the abuse. If you're experiencing any of these signs, it's important to reach out for help.
If you're ever feeling like you're being manipulated or gaslighted, it's important to know how to identify the signs and get help. Sometimes people who are gaslighting may seem nice at first, but over time they will start manipulating your thoughts and actions in order to make you feel confused, hopeless, and alone. If you find yourself experiencing any of these behaviors, reach out for help as soon as possible. There is support available if you recognize the signs of gaslighting.