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6 Gaslighting Examples and Tips to Cope

Summary

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation and emotional abuse that can cause a person to question their sanity. It involves denying, questioning, purposely forgetting, and avoiding important topics. Examples of gaslighting include trivializing, withholding, countering, denying or forgetting, diverting or blocking, and stereotyping. The article also provides tips on how to respond to gaslighting, such as keeping notes, leaning on trusted friends and family, creating boundaries, and engaging in self-care. National organizations such as loveisrespect and the National Domestic Violence Hotline provide resources for those who may be in an abusive relationship.

Q&As

What is gaslighting?
Gaslighting is a form of manipulation and emotional abuse. It can cause a person to question their sanity and take on what’s happening around them.

What are some common signs of gaslighting?
Common signs of gaslighting include trivializing, withholding, countering, denial or forgetting, diverting or blocking, and stereotyping.

How can someone respond to gaslighting?
To respond to gaslighting, one can keep notes about important conversations, lean on trusted friends and family, create boundaries, and engage in self-care.

What is the relationship between gaslighting and mental health disorders?
Many people associate gaslighting with certain personality and mental health disorders, such as narcissism. While it can be a form of abuse a narcissistic person uses, anyone could gaslight another person.

What resources are available if someone is in an abusive relationship?
If someone is in an abusive relationship, they can contact loveisrespect.org at 866-331-9474 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for support. They can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) for resources.

AI Comments

👍 This is an excellent article on gaslighting - it offers clear examples of the behavior and provides helpful tips on how to respond and seek support.

👎 This article does not go into enough detail about the psychological implications of gaslighting and how it can affect mental health.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about gaslighting, which is a form of emotional abuse and manipulation. It can cause a person to question their sanity and take on what's happening around them. The article goes into detail about the six common tactics used in gaslighting and how to respond to it.

Friend: Wow, that's really eye-opening. It's scary to think that gaslighting can be used as a form of abuse.

Me: Yeah, it's especially concerning that anyone can gaslight another person, not just those with certain personality or mental health disorders. It's important to be aware of the signs of gaslighting so that we can recognize it and act accordingly. We should also support those who are experiencing gaslighting and help them find resources to get help.

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Technical terms

Gaslighting
A form of manipulation and emotional abuse where a person denies, questions, purposefully forgets, and avoids important topics in order to make the other person question their feelings, perceptions, and sanity.
Trivializing
Belittling or offhandedly dismissing someone’s feelings.
Withholding
Not wanting to listen to someone or pretending to not understand what they are saying.
Countering
Calling someone’s memory into question.
Denial or Forgetting
Intentionally “forgetting” something they told you or promised, or denying that it ever happened in the first place.
Diverting or Blocking
Changing the subject when confronted.
Stereotyping
Using institutionalized inequalities to help create a false sense of reality for the person experiencing gaslighting.

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