Have you ever heard of the term “gaslighting”? What is gaslighting? Do you know what it means to be “gaslighted” by someone? Gaslighting is a subtle and often overlooked kind of psychological abuse. It is a form of emotional manipulation meant to deceive us and make us doubt our own sanity and perceptions of reality. And because of its insidious nature, unfortunately, gaslighting can be difficult to spot, especially up close. But you can better protect yourself against gaslighting by learning how it works and becoming familiar with how gaslighters operate. Here are a few phrases to look out for.
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