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It’s not all in your head: are you being gaslit?

It’s not all in your head: are you being gaslit?
It’s not all in your head: are you being gaslit?

You protested. The protestations were greeted with, ‘That’s crazy’, ‘It’s not a big deal’, ‘You’re overreacting.’ Somehow you endured. But the very fact of your survival then became woven into the rewriting of history, to confirm the minimising and denials and later repression. (‘Well, you survived, didn’t you?’, ‘It all worked out in the end’ or ‘That was just a blip.’) So, at no point during it did someone (or perhaps someone did, but not enough, or perhaps just not the people most dear to you) look at you and confirm the reality of the horror with which you were dealing. To the contrary, they said you’re crazy for being upset and over-sensitive, and any difficulty you might have was ‘all in you’. That’s what gaslighting is like.



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