1.      There’s been an increase in the use of the term “gaslighting,” but what does it mean exactly? And how can it impact someone?

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse where a person makes you doubt yourself or question your account of an incident. They turn the story around to make it seem like you are at fault—deflecting attention and blame away from them to make you feel guilty.

There are a variety of gaslighting techniques that an abusive partner might use, including:

➡️Withholding: pretending not to understand or refusing to listen.
➡️Countering: questioning the other person’s memory of events, even when that person remembers them accurately.
➡️Blocking/Diverting: changing the subject and/or questioning the other person’s thoughts
➡️Trivializing: making the other person’s needs or feelings seem unimportant.
➡️Forgetting/Denial: pretending to have forgotten what actually occurred or denies things like promises made to the other person.

Gaslighting can come from a romantic partner, a boss, a friend, or anyone else. It is done to gain power over you and avoid responsibility for the abuse that is being inflicted. It makes you question your own sanity, can lead to anxiety or depression, and can even trigger nervous breakdowns.