Gaslighting: Planting the Seeds of Self-Doubt

Gaslighting is a manipulative tactic and a form of emotional abuse that uses mind games to manipulate someone’s beliefs, feelings, thoughts, perceptions, actions, and reactions. The gaslighter typically maintains a calm and rational demeanor during the process, often leaving the target feeling insecure and irrational by comparison. Gaslighting grants significant power and control over an individual because it reduces their ability to think critically and make sound decisions, leaving them feeling unsure of their reality. It is the most treacherous form of manipulation because it undermines one’s core sense of self.

Gaslighting is often employed by narcissists and people with narcissistic traits to gain “narcissistic supply,” any type of emotional response that serves to feed and support their ego and sense of self. Your sadness, as well as your happiness, can both serve as forms of narcissistic supply.

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GASLIGHTING: PLANTING THE SEEDS OF SELF DOUBT
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Gaslighting is a manipulative tactic and a form of emotional abuse that uses mind games to manipulate someone’s beliefs, feelings, thoughts, perceptions, actions, and reactions. The gaslighter typically maintains a calm and rational demeanor during the process, often leaving the target feeling insecure and irrational by comparison. Gaslighting grants significant power and control over an individual because
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