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Different Types of Gaslighting

As I continue my series on raising awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month💜, I want to highlight a form of emotional abuse that’s often seen in toxic and abusive relationships. It’s a term being thrown around every day on social media: gaslighting. Did you know that there are several different forms of gaslighting?

In this blog post, I’m breaking down what exactly the meaning of gaslighting is, highlighting various tactics used by gaslighters, how it can impact on the victim’s mental health & tips on how to spot signs of gaslighting. You’ll also learn how to break free from a gaslighting relationship, empowering you to regain control and maintain your emotional well-being. Let’s get started.

Defining Gaslighting

So before we get started, let’s define the term. Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation where one person seeks to control and undermine another person’s perception of reality, memory & emotions. This term originates from a British play from the 1930s called “Gas Light”. The plot is about a husband who mentally and emotionally manipulates his wife into believing she’s crazy by changing the intensity of the gas lamps in their home, hence the term. This type of manipulation leaves the victim feeling confused, doubting their own sanity & feel trapped in a toxic relationship.

Different Types of Gaslighting

You may have thought that there was only one type of gaslighting, but that’s far from true. Here are some different examples of gaslighting:

Impact on Mental Health

This type of emotional abuse is a manipulative tactic that can deeply affect a person’s mental health and self-esteem. Here are several types of mental health challenges that can result from dealing with this type of emotional abuse:

Spotting the Signs

Recognizing gaslighting is the first step in protecting yourself. Spotting these signs can be challenging because it often occurs gradually and subtly, like a slow drip. Being aware of these signs can help you identify and address the issue. Here are some common signs and examples of gaslighting in a toxic relationship:

How to Break Free

This type of relationship sounds exhausting, right? Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of dealing with these types of manipulative people in my past relationships. Breaking free from a gaslighting relationship can be challenging, but it’s so important for your mental and emotional well-being to leave when you can. Here are steps you can take to break free from such a toxic relationship:

The Bottom Line

Gaslighting isn’t just a toxic game; it’s a relentless assault on your mental health and happiness. The first step to reclaiming your life is recognizing these manipulative tactics. By finding the strength to break free from a gaslighting relationship, you’re paving the way for emotional healing and personal growth.

Always remember this: you deserve a life filled with respect, validation & free from manipulation. Your emotional well-being is worth every step of this journey towards self-discovery and healing. It’s not easy, but I promise you it’s so worth it!

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