Taylor Bennett has written quite a bit about Gaslighting, here are some of her takeaways, and a link to one of her articles below:
- Gaslighting is a form of manipulation in which the perpetrator leads one to question their own sanity or judgment through subtle tactics.
- This abusive treatment is often carried out by individuals who are narcissistic, sociopathic, or just plain abusive.
- The first step in identifying and protecting yourself from this form of manipulation is learning to listen to your body and pay attention to red flags.
- For example, if you constantly find that you’re uncomfortable around, undermined by, or afraid of an individual, they might be gaslighting you.
- The next step is to point out your feelings and the behavior: don’t beat around the bush or sweep it under the rug, put it all out in the open.
Hey, thank you for asking this question. Gaslighting is emotional abuse that can have you doubting yourself immensely. Often times, lying, denial, and blatant invalidation can be ways that it is enacted. It can take a lot of forms, but fundamentally it’s about making someone feel like they cannot trust their own memories or perceptions.
Gaslighting tends to be a tactic most often used by people that have challenges pertaining to high levels of narcissism, and can boil down to establishing power and control. Some articles that explain this really well are: