Totally geeking out on researching gaslighting and its connection to PTSD, specifically following extended periods of extreme psychological abuse.
I even learned about this stuff in college, but it was always connected to PHYSICAL abuse (i.e. getting beaten).
What’s really surprising is that gaslighting involves so many people.
It creates a web of lies around you — in an effort to further isolate you and prove to your network that you’re insane and unstable.
Everyone’s questions stem from preconceived notions and “facts” that aren’t true.
That’s how you get isolated: nobody knows what is REALLY going on except you, but nobody believes you’re capable of knowing what’s going on around you because they believe you’re crazy — or “going insane.”
You know what CAN drive people insane, really? It’s not cannabis.
Psychological, emotional, financial, and sexual ABUSE. Gaslighting. Ignorance to reality.
When someone in your life tries constantly to convince you that there is something wrong with YOU — just because THEY don’t understand you — they’re gaslighting.
SO GRATEFUL I caught on to this and grounded myself before I really did go insane.
FACTS ABOUT 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.
>> Gaslighting is a tactic employed by narcissists, Machiaevellians, cult leaders, dictators, and control freaks. Sometimes, even “ordinary” people can resort to it in the hope of swaying another’s opinions toward their own.
>> Gaslighting can not only make someone question the events in their life, it can sow the seeds of doubts about the very feelings they experience.
ANYONE YOU KNOW CAN DO IT TO YOU.
People very close to me have gaslighted me my ENTIRE LIFE.
That is what makes it so hard to recognize as abuse.
When you grow up with it, you think it’s acceptable human behavior.
Read more: https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/6766/gaslighting-examples/