Gaslighting – What is it?


what is gas lighting

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse using psychological manipulation which causes the victim to question their own judgement and in severe cases doubt their own sanity

In a relationship, your partner may frequently try to convince you that you are wrong even if you are right, dismiss your point of view and purposely provide you with false information.  Sometimes this behaviour can become extreme to the point where it wears you down which may lead to issues with self-esteem.

Often this behaviour is built up gradually over a long period of time and you may not notice it in the early stages.  In time your partner will have become aware of your weaknesses or vulnerabilities and may use these against you.

Behaviours to look out for in a partner are:

  • Not telling the truth
  • Denying they said something that you can recall
  • Using the things that are most important to you as ammunition against you
  • Making you think that you are crazy or trying to convince others that you are
  • Trying to convince you that everyone else you speak to/have a relationship with isn’t trustworthy
  • Trying to distance you from your friends and family.

Signs that you are a victim:

  • You just don’t feel like yourself anymore
  • You have become more anxious over time
  • You have lost confidence
  • You constantly question yourself and your behaviour
  • You find yourself frequently apologising for your actions
  • You start to believe that you are always in the wrong
  • You may begin to feel isolated from your loved ones and you may hide any issues that you have from them
  • You make excuses to others for your partner’s behaviour
  • You struggle to make decisions

This list is not exhaustive and may represent only some of the signs and feelings that you may experience.

If you believe that you may be a victim of gaslighting or you are worried about a friend or family member, there are support networks available including Victim Support, Refuge and IDAS.

There are also options available to you in the form of Injunctions and Non-Molestation Orders which we can help you with.

If you would like advice on this contact us today.  Our team of dedicated Family Lawyers are here to help and can guide you.

Kerry Ridley – Marketing Manager


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