Gaslighting is a manipulative tactic that is best described in these deceptively phrased statements; “Are you crazy?” “That didn’t happen” and “You imagined it.” Gaslighting is extremely dangerous as it distorts and erodes the victims sense of reality; diminishes their self-trust and causes them to feel unjustified in shining a light on the mistreatment and calling it what it is…abuse!
In order to escape the gruesome grip of gaslighting, one must become grounded in their own reality. It’s important not to go through this alone. It’s also helpful to write a list of events adding to the list as incidents unfold, tell a friend what is happening, or share the experience with a support network to counteract the effects of gaslighting. Having the support of others validates your experience and can assist you in returning back to your sense of reality and away from the distorted reality of the narcissist.