Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which a person manipulates another person into doubting their own perceptions and memories. The abuser may use a variety of tactics, such as denying that certain events occurred, manipulating evidence, or trying to make the victim question their own thoughts and feelings.
Gaslighting can be very subtle, and the abuser may seem like they have good intentions, which can make it difficult for the victim to recognize that they are being manipulated. Over time, the victim may start to doubt their own perceptions and experiences and may feel confused, anxious, and unsure of themselves.
It is important to recognize the signs of gaslighting and to seek help if you are being gaslighted. Some common signs include:
Feeling confused or unsure of yourself
Doubting your own memories and perceptions
Feeling like you are "going crazy"
Apologizing frequently, even when you are not sure why
Feeling isolated from friends and family
If you suspect that you are being gaslighted, it is important to reach out for support. This can be difficult, as the abuser may try to convince you that you are wrong or that you are making things up, but it is important to trust your own perceptions and to seek help if you need it.
Therapy, counseling, and support groups can be helpful in addressing gaslighting and rebuilding your sense of self. It is also important to establish healthy boundaries and to surround yourself with supportive people who respect your thoughts and feelings.
Remember, you have the right to your own perceptions and experiences, and you deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.