Gaslighting: The Insidious Form of Emotional Abuse You Need to Know About

By Faizey

Gaslighting is a form of emotional manipulation that has become increasingly common in relationships. It’s a tactic one person uses to gain power and control over another person by making them doubt their own perception of reality. Gaslighting can be subtle and gradual, making it challenging to recognize and escape. In this blog post, we will discuss what gaslighting is, the signs to look out for, and how to protect yourself from it. What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that involves manipulating someone’s perception of reality. The term “gaslighting” comes from a 1944 movie titled Gaslight, in which a husband drives his wife into thinking she’s losing her mind. The tactic involves lying, denying, and twisting the truth to make the victim doubt their memory, perception, and sanity. The fixed goal is to gain power and control over the victim by making them feel confused, helpless, and dependent on the abuser.

Signs of Gaslighting can be challenging to recognise because it’s often gradual and subtle. However, there are some signs to look out for, including: Constantly questioning your memory or perception of events. Denying or dismissing your feelings and emotions. Blaming you for things that are not your fault. Making you feel guilty or ashamed of your thoughts and actions. Isolating you from friends and family. Making you doubt your own sanity. Withholding affection or attention as a form of punishment. Making you feel as if you’re always in the wrong.

How to Protect Yourself from Gaslighting

If you suspect you’re a victim of gaslighting, it’s vital to take action to protect yourself. Here are some steps you can take:

Trust your intuition: If something feels off, trust your gut instincts. Don’t dismiss your feelings or thoughts as irrational.

Keep a journal: Write down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This can help you track what’s happening and validate your understanding.

Seek support: Talk to a trusted friend or family member about what’s happening. Reach out to a therapist or counsellor for professional help.

Set boundaries: Communicate your needs and limitations assertively. Don’t let the Gaslighter make you feel guilty or ashamed for standing up for yourself. Take care of yourself: Practice self-care and prioritise your mental health. Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfilment. In conclusion, gaslighting is a form of emotional manipulation that can severely affect your mental health and well-being. If you suspect you’re a victim of gaslighting, it’s crucial to take action to protect yourself. Trust your intuition, seek support, set boundaries, and prioritise your mental health. Remember, you have the power to break free from the cycle of gaslighting and regain control over your life.

If you resonate with the signs of gaslighting and want to explore ways to protect yourself, I invite you to book a free 90-minute discovery session with me at www.faizeygreaves.com. During our session, we will discuss your experiences, explore strategies to cope with gaslighting and determine the best course of action for your situation. Don’t suffer in silence – take the first step towards healing and reclaiming your power. Book your free session today!