Do you find yourself constantly doubting yourself and feeling anxious in your relationship? If so, then these may be clear gaslighting examples. And you may want to reconsider (STRONGLY reconsider) your relationship with this partner.
Walking around on eggshells, constantly second-guessing yourself, and losing confidence in your decision-making process are not healthy mental signs.
In this article, I will explain what gaslighting is, give you several clear examples and I will also give you methods to which you can use to defend yourself against these sneaky attacks.
Check out “Are You Being Gaslit?: The Telltale Signs You Are Dealing With Gaslighting From A Narcissist” to learn more about gaslighting.
What Is Gaslighting?
Gaslighting is best defined as:
a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, gaslighting involves attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief. -
Where Does The Term Come From?
The movie above titled “Gaslight” is where the term comes from. In both the play and movie adaptation, the character Bella Manningham is provoked into believing herself insane.
Her husband Jack Manningham spends the whole story womanizing and flirting with other women, while also trying to drive his wife mad.
In the apartment building they live in, a wealthy woman is murdered and the husband is hellbent in breaking into her room to get her expensive jewelry.