What is gaslighting?
Actually, the question should be asked, “What is gaslighting in a human relationship”? Earlier this week we talked about ghosting in a relationship and as funny as it sounds and as much as we use that term today in a joking manner, we learned that ghosting is very serious and it can really hurt people.
Gaslighting is just a serious and can have just as much a negative effect on someone as ghosting. Gaslighting is a form of persistent manipulation or brainwashing that causes the victim to doubt himself or herself and ultimately lose his or her own self-worth, identity or perception. Gaslighting can occur in personal relationships, the workplace and an entire society. There are many signs of gaslighting so let’s look at them. First off you no longer feel like the person you used to be. Next, you feel more anxious and less confident than you used to feel. Next, you feel more sensitive than you used to feel. Another sign is you feel like everything you do is wrong. Next is you feel like everything is your fault when things go wrong. And lastly, you find yourself apologizing often. So if I am gaslighting you-you will begin to show these above symptoms. This is a tactic or a way for someone to gain a mental or psychological advantage, but it’s made up of deception and it isn’t healthy for either party, especially the person on the receiving end of gaslighting.
There are several ways to know if you are being gaslighted. One is you begin to question yourself with everything. You begin to question your self-worth. You will also begin to lower your expectations in life. You may also begin to compromise your character and take responsibility for things that are not your fault. You can also begin to minimize the impact of deceitful practices. So as you can see, gaslighting is very destructive for a person’s psychological makeup. It can destroy a person’s self-worth and self-esteem. And when people feel worthless they turn to drugs and alcohol to numb themselves to the psychological pain that this will cause.
Here at The Addictions Coach we work hard to correct the false self-worthlessness that gaslighting causes its victims. Our top nationally certified recovery coaches and sober coaches are highly skilled in reversing and managing the damage that an addiction fueled by gaslighting has caused in one’s life. Please head over to over website at http://www.theaddictionscoach.com for all the info you need to hire a certified coach to begin your journey back to a productive and sober life. You can also call us 24/7 at 1-800-706-0318. And as always, head over to our website testimonial page to hear from the hundreds of those who have used The Addiction Coach to change their life for the better!