10 Things I've Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic
Originally published on Medium and cross-posted here with their permission. Gaslighting is the attempt of one person to overwrite another person’s reality. There’s a good chance that you now know more about gaslighting than most therapists. And that is really unfortunate, because if you have experienced gaslighting, it’s going to be really hard to untangle it yourself. Unfortunately, you may have to, and I want to tell you that you are not alone. Let me share my experience. 1. About the fifth time I called a close friend of mine on the phone, gasping for air, asking “Am I a monster?” What the hell is gaslighting? Wikipedia told me that it came from an old movie, where the main character makes changes in the environment and then insists to his victim that she is simply imagining these changes. Whaat? Unfortunately, the first definition I looked up was woefully inadequate. The rest just happens organically when a person who holds that belief feels threatened. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Try: 9. 10.
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