What Is Gaslighting Abuse?

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.

The term “gaslighting” comes from the 1938 play Angel Street, which Alfred Hitchock later adapted into the film Gaslight, in which a man tries to convince his wife that she is going insane so he can steal from her. When he turns on the lights in the attic to search for her jewelry collection, and the gas lights dim downstairs, he tells her it’s all in her imagination. Gradually she begins to question her own memories and perceptions.

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Note from the Blogger:

Although I knew what I was experiencing felt wrong.  I was not aware of the different types of tactics used by abusers.

I firmly believe Awareness is the first step to overcome abuse. Once you identify someone is using gaslighting to manipulate the situation it’s easier to gaslight them right back. Ha. ❤️ Candice Fernandez Silva

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