Gaslighting is a kind of psychological manipulation that causes you to doubt yourself. It is a form of brainwashing that isn’t too obvious. It is often used by dictators and cult leaders to manipulate the masses. It is very difficult to figure out if this is happening to you, but there will always be signs.
Here are four warning signs that you should watch out for:
They blame you for their mistakes
If you always apologize to your partner for something that was not your fault, because your partner put pressure on you to admit that it was all your fault, then it means you are being gaslighted. If they do it over and over again, then know that this is a pattern of emotional abuse.
They deliberately lie
They make you doubt yourself by lying blatantly. They will never admit it, even if you call them out for lying. Instead, they somehow find a way to manipulate you into apologizing for making such accusations.
They always call you crazy
They call you crazy everytime you try to accuse them for being untruthful. If you try to tell them that your friend or relative also agrees with you about their problematic behaviour, they go out of their way to denounce the whole world as crazy.
They can confuse you with occasional good behaviour
Don’t be fooled if your partner praised you for doing something one time, especially in front of others. Think of all the times they made you feel like you were good for nothing.