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Episode 44: What We Learned From Gaslighting

December 20, 2022

Episode 44: What We Learned From Gaslighting

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This week, Barb and Michelle discuss Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022: gaslighting! According to Merriam-Webster, searches for gaslighting were up 174% during the course of the year. In this conversation, Barb and Michelle dive into their personal stories of being gaslit, lessons they learned, and how we can start to spot the signs of a gaslighting manipulation early on. 

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Episode Notes:

Gaslighting – A psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality or memories, and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one’s emotional or mental stability and a dependency on the perpetrator.

Gaslighting is emotional abuse.        

Gaslighting is a personality disorder.            

Gaslighting starts with overly nice and kind behavior.          

Phrases to look out for in Gaslighting:

  • I was just joking. You need to learn how to take a joke.
  • It’s not a big deal.
  • You’re overreacting.
  • You are too sensitive.
  • You’re the problem.
  • I would never do that.
  • I would never say something like that.
  • That never happened.
  • I’m concerned about your memory.
  • You’re crazy.
  • I can never do anything right be you. You’re not so perfect either.

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