Gaslighting: When our perception is controlled by others
Gaslighting - a condition that feels awful. If a friend or loved one has ever made you question your own sense of reality by intentionally downplaying or manipulating a situation, it is absolutely horrible. Gaslighting is not just manipulation, it goes the way of emotional violence and emotional abuse. It is a type of covert bullying. The gaslighter tries to unsettle the gaslightee and convince them that their view, behavior or motives are wrong and unacceptable. The consequence: we feel unseen, unheard, and begin to believe that we are not in our right minds, despite our best instincts, keen intuition, and personal experience. And what's even more dangerous? Doing it to ourselves.