8 Signs You are Being Gaslighted and Don’t Even Know it

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Fahim Chughtai

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which the abuser attempts to manipulate the victim into doubting their memory, perception, and sanity. It may involve gradually leading the victim to question their feelings, memories, and actions via systematic denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying.

Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser to disorient the victim. The victim is often left feeling psychologically beaten down and unable to trust their memory, perception, or judgment.

Here are 8 Signs You are Being Gaslighted:

1. Distrust Yourself

You make poor decisions or suffer because you don’t trust yourself. You will ask your family member, friends, and buddies to make decisions.

2. Confusion about your feelings and reality

You always feel confused about your feelings; You feel too much? Are you too sensitive? Are feelings bigger than reality? You would start doubting yourself.

3. Your Perceptions and judgments are diluted

You are afraid to share your emotions and opinions because it makes you feel worse in the end. You are hesitant to express yourself. You choose silence over expressions.

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4. You feel unsafe and insecure

You are living in a fearful state. Before taking any action, you overthink. You are more concerned about the views of other people.

5. You are alone and weak

You feel that everyone around you wants to judge and criticize you. You are feeling low self-esteem. When you look in the mirror, you tell yourself that you are strange and isolated.

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6. You overthink about perceptions of others

The person who gaslights you makes you believe that you are an average person, insane and wrong. Sometimes, you repeat their statements to yourself.

7. You are disappointed with your new self

You think you were strong once, but now you are too weak. Your new self is entirely different from the old one.

8. You always apologize even without any reason

You are confused about who you are and what you do. You lack a sense of self-belief and start apologizing randomly.

If you are being gaslighted, you may feel like going crazy. It is essential to talk about your feelings with someone who will listen and not judge. You can also plan how to deal with the gaslighting in your life. If you recognize any of these signs within yourself or others, please take action and seek help today.


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