15 Signs You Are a Victim of Gaslighting
Gaslighting is harmful to those on the receiving end for a number of reasons. For instance, it can cause anxiety and depression. It also has been linked to panic attacks and nervous breakdowns. For this reason, it is extremely important to recognize when you are being gaslighted. The best way to determine whether you’re experiencing this covert form of manipulation is to ask yourself if any of the following statements is true about your life:
- You find yourself doubting your feelings or your sense of reality, and try to convince yourself that the treatment you receive is not that bad or that you are too sensitive.
- You doubt your judgment, perceptions, reality and/or abilities. As a result, you are afraid of “speaking up” or expressing your emotions. You have learned that sharing your opinion usually makes you feel worse in the end. So, you stay silent instead.
- You feel vulnerable and insecure. As a result, you often feel like you “walk on eggshells” around your partner/friend/family member. You feel on edge and lack self-esteem.