What is Gaslighting? psychological counselor Geta Waleglin talks about Gaslighting. Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that often occurs in relationships. It is a covert type of emotion in which the bully or misleads the target, creating a false narrative and making them question their judgments and reality.
Ultimately, the victim of gaslighting starts to feel unsure about their perceptions of the world and even wonder if they are losing their sanity. Gaslighting primarily occurs in romantic relationships, but it’s not uncommon in controlling friendships or among family members as well. People who gaslight others may have mental health disorders. They use this type of emotional damage to exert power over others to manipulate friends, family members, or even co-workers.
Gaslighting is a technique that undermines a person’s perception of reality. When someone is gaslighting you, you may second-guess yourself, your memories, recent events, and perceptions. After communicating with the person gaslighting you, you may be left feeling dazed and wondering if there is something wrong with you. You may be encouraged to think you are actually to blame for something or that you’re just being too sensitive. Gaslighting can confuse you and cause you to question your judgment, memory, self-worth, and overall mental health.
It may help to know more about the tactics a person who is gaslighting you might use. When you ask someone who gaslights a question or calls them out for something they did or said, they may change the subject by asking a question instead of responding to the issue at hand. This throws off your train of thought and causes you to question the need to press a matter when they don’t feel the need to respond.