Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that involves manipulating someone into doubting their own perceptions and reality.
The term comes from a 1938 play called Gas Light, in which a husband manipulates his wife into thinking she is going insane by dimming the gas lights in their home.
Gaslighting can happen in any type of relationship, including romantic, familial, and professional.
Signs of gaslighting include lying, denying, and minimizing, as well as blaming the victim for the abuser's behavior.
Gaslighting can have serious effects on mental health, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Victims of gaslighting may feel confused, isolated, and powerless.
Gaslighting is often used as a tactic to maintain power and control over the victim.
It is important to seek help if you are experiencing gaslighting abuse, whether through therapy, support groups, or other resources.
If you suspect someone you know is being gaslit, it is important to offer support and validation, and to avoid blaming or shaming them.