If you suspect that a friend is being gaslit, it can be difficult to know how to help them.
Here are some tips on how to support a friend who may be experiencing gaslighting:
Listen and validate their feelings. It is important to listen to your friend and validate their feelings and experiences. Let them know that you believe them and that what they are going through is not their fault.
Encourage them to seek help. Gaslighting can be a difficult and confusing experience, and it is important for your friend to seek professional help in order to process their emotions and develop healthy coping strategies. Encourage them to seek therapy or counseling, and offer to support them in finding a therapist. You can reach our therapists here.
Help them set boundaries. Gaslighting often involves manipulation and a lack of boundaries. Help your friend set healthy boundaries with the person who is gaslighting them, and offer support in enforcing these boundaries.
Encourage self-care and self-compassion. Gaslighting can be emotionally draining and can take a toll on a person's sense of self-worth. Encourage your friend to practice self-care and to be kind to themselves as they heal and recover.
Offer practical support. Depending on the situation, your friend may need practical support, such as a place to stay or help with transportation. Offer to assist in any way you can, and encourage your friend to reach out to other supportive friends and family members as well.
Remember, it is not your responsibility to "fix" your friend's situation, but it is important to offer support and encouragement as they navigate this challenging experience.