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Gaslighting is a psychologically controlling technique that undermines someone's perception of reality. When a person is gaslighting you, you will second-guess yourself, such as your memories of recent events. You may be encouraged to think you are actually to blame for something or that you're just being too sensitive.
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Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that makes you question your beliefs and perception of reality. Over time, this type of manipulation can wear down your self-esteem and self-confidence, leaving you dependent on the person gaslighting you.
Answer: Yes. Sometimes gaslighting is unintentional. It could reflect people's desire to deflect responsibility for a mistake, or simply attempt to cover up something unsavory they are doing, like affair, drug, etc.
Answer: One of the most common reasons people gaslight is to gain power over others. This need for domination may stem from narcissism, antisocial personality, or other issues. As most cases of abuse, gaslighting is about control.
Answer: As a result, people who experience gaslighting are at a high risk for anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Answer: Very likely. Gaslighting is about relationship, so it could exist in any form of social interaction. Cyber gaslighting can be as harmful as real-life relationship.
Answer: Anyone in the path of a narcissist. No one is immune, even after you've experienced it in the past, or did research about it. Anyone can be a victim while no one deserves to be treated this way.
Answer: If you are experiencing gaslighting in a relationship, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Things you might do include:
If none of the above helped, leave the person and the toxic relationship behind you immediately. Seek help from professional therapists.
Answer: Technically, you cannot avoid being gaslighted (again in the future), but you can change the way you react to it. After learning everything above, you can basically tell if someone's trying to gaslight you. So whenever you recognize it, you'd better get away from the person both mentally and physically. DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE OR SAVE THEM. In reality, you can’t stop someone from gaslighting. People who are gaslighters will likely never take responsibility for their actions and admit to their problems.