Gaslighting. What is it and how can you spot the signs? It’s always assumed that gaslighting only happens between couples in a relationship when in reality, it can happen in multiple other environments as well.
What is Gaslighting?
Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse, and is an attack on your mental wellbeing. It’s when someone does or says things that make you doubt yourself and your reality.
Does it just happen in couples?
No, not at all! Gaslighting can happen at work, in families and with friends.
What are the signs that you’re being gaslighted?
- Being made to feel like you’re going mad or being blamed for the abuse you’re suffering.
- Being told things you remember happening or being said didn’t happen, making you doubt your memories.
- Being subjected to mind games which make you doubt your judgment.
Some of the most common signs are:
- Often wondering if you’re being too sensitive
- Feeling like everything you do is wrong
- Feeling isolated from friends and family
- Making excuses for your partner’s behaviour
- Apologizing often
And so many more.
If you think you or someone you know is in this situation, contact RefugeCharity via their helpline number 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.
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