22 Brutally Manipulative Examples Of Gaslighting In Action
Has anyone ever said something to you that stopped you in your tracks and made you question your very sanity?
Did it make you doubt your memories and your perception of reality itself?
Chances are you’ve been the victim of gaslighting.
Gaslighting is one of the most harmful forms of mental and emotional abuse. It takes aim squarely at a person’s sense of self-confidence, gradually whittling away at it until they are left questioning whether what they experience, think, and feel is real or some fantasy their mind has made up.
The aim is clear: to confuse and disorient the victim so that the perpetrator can gain total control over them. The more seeds of doubt that can be sown in the victim’s mind, the easier it becomes for the perpetrator to dictate every situation to their liking.
Gaslighting also degrades a person’s ability – and desire – to challenge their abuser because each time they do, the goalposts are moved yet again in order to turn their arguments against them.