Gaslighting and how to deal with it

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or group causes others to doubt their own perceptions and memories. This can be done through various tactics, such as denying that certain events or statements took place, undermining the victim’s confidence in their own thoughts and feelings, and manipulating evidence or information to support the manipulator’s version of events.Gaslighting can have serious consequences, including causing the victim to question their own sanity and leading to feelings of confusion, anxiety, and self-doubt. It can also damage relationships and have a negative impact on mental health.  


If you believe that you are a victim of gaslighting, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and seek support. Here are a few strategies that may be helpful:

  1. Seek support from trusted friends and family: Having a supportive network of people who believe and validate your experiences can be incredibly helpful in the face of gaslighting.

  2. Seek help from a mental health professional: A therapist or counselor can help you process your experiences and develop strategies to cope with the effects of gaslighting.

  3. Set boundaries: It’s important to establish clear boundaries with the person or group who is gaslighting you and to communicate these boundaries clearly and assertively.

  4. Document instances of gaslighting: Keeping track of instances of gaslighting can help you better understand what is happening and how to address it.

  5. Take care of yourself: It’s important to prioritize self-care and engage in activities that promote relaxation and stress management. This can help you build resilience and cope with the effects of gaslighting.

It’s also important to remember that healing from gaslighting takes time, and it may require a combination of self-care strategies and professional treatment. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it.