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Gaslighting

Gaslighting: a type of emotional abuse where someone makes you continually doubt yourself

At its core, gaslighting is a harmful form of manipulation and is often a tactic to gain power and control and to deflect responsibility.

Signs of Gaslighting in Your Relationship

You question if your feelings are justified

In a friendship or relationship, you may feel the other person continually dismisses your feelings and makes you feel like you are too emotional. You might find yourself thinking "maybe I'm overreacting or I'm being too sensitive." You might be told to "stop making everything such a big deal."

You second-guess your memory

You might frequently be told that something never happened or that you are misremembering things. For some reason, the other person's account of an event rarely matches yours and it can make you question just how reliable your memory is.

You are always apologizing

You may notice yourself starting to apologize, even if you did nothing wrong. After any argument or confrontation, you may even start believing that you are always at fault.

You think something is wrong with you

You may constantly feel like you're not good enough or that you can't seem to get things right with your partner or friend. You may think it's your fault and that, if you just tried harder or did better, your relationship would improve. You might even have trouble making simple decisions out of fear you might choose wrongly.
Even the healthiest relationships have conflict, but if you notice a pattern of these behaviors and feel something is off in your relationship or friendship, trust your gut! You deserve to be happy and treated with respect. You should never feel like you aren't good enough.

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