​5 Signs That You Are In A “Gaslighting” Relationship

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“Gaslighting” is the manipulation of someone, by psychological means, into questioning their own sanity. The term, “Gaslighting” is taken from a 1938 play that later became a movie in 1944.

In the story, a husband tries to convince his wife and their acquaintances that she is insane by making very small, subtle changes to their environment.

When the wife would point out the changes, the husband convinced her that she was wrong about the changes and that she was crazy.

Slowly but surely, the wife starts to give in to the self-doubt created by those subtle changes.

Below are some signs that you may be in a Gaslighting relationship.

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1. You Are Constantly Apologizing

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A victim of gaslighting will constantly be apologizing for doing things wrong, even if they have done nothing wrong.

Feeling sorry for everything means that the accountability and responsibility for all perceived wrong-doings has been claimed by one person—the victim.

This ensures the perpetrator remains innocent and the victim is continuously guilty.

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