What comes to mind when you hear the words “abusive relationship”?
You might picture some Lifetime Original about physical violence but in reality, most abuse that happens in relationships isn’t physical abuse.
It’s actually a type of mental abuse.
Mental abuse isn’t necessary more destructive than physical abuse, but it can be just as damaging to a person’s psyche is any other kind of abuse.
Mental, or emotional abuse, is often hard to spot.
Knowing when to leave someone who’s physically abusive can be clear as day.
But knowing when to leave an emotional abuser is often quite a bit more subtle.
An emotional abuser will engage in what is known as “gaslighting.”
Gaslighting is when an abusive person manipulates you into believing in a reality that simply does not exist.
There are a variety of ways that an abuser will do this to you. Knowing the signs is important, whether or not you’re currently in an abusive relationship.
Gaslighting comes in a lot of different forms and can be devastating in friendships, in the workplace – even online.
It’s important to know the signs of gaslighting.
Be sure to share this with people you love so they can know how to avoid it too.
Let’s kick the gaslighters out of our lives for good!
It is almost impossible to know when you’re being gaslighted.
This is one of the greatest challenges with breaking free from this kind of abusive relationship.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, it is a serious challenge to know whether or not you’re falling prey to this type of abuse.
This is what makes gaslighting such a dangerous type of abuse.
You start questioning your own memory and knowledge of the world around you, if reality as it is.
Things that aren’t your fault you suddenly start believing are.
You start believing everything your abuser tells you.
It is the ultimate method of control and it’s pretty much impossible to break out of it.
Truly a terrifying method of control. It slowly destroys your self esteem.
Any time you stand up for yourself, your abuser tells you that you’re just overthinking it or overreacting to nothing.
If others in your life try to help you see clearly, who will you believe?
This is what makes gaslighting so hard to spot.