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Gaslighting is a form of persistent manipulation and brainwashing that causes the victim to doubt her or himself, and to ultimately lose one’s own sense of perception, identity, and self-worth. Gaslighting statements and accusations are usually based on blatant lies, or exaggeration of the truth. The term gaslighting is derived from the 1944 film “Gaslight”, where a husband tries to convince his wife that she’s insane by causing her to question herself and her reality.
In its milder forms, gaslighting creates a subtle but inequitable power dynamic in a relationship, where the gaslightee is subjected to the gaslighter’s unreasonable, rather than fact-based scrutiny, judgment, and/or micro-aggression. At its worst, pathological gaslighting constitutes a severe form of mind-control and psychological abuse. Gaslighting can occur in personal relationships, such as verbal, emotional, and/or physical hostility from one partner to another, or at the workplace when a supervisor regularly and unfairly berates his or her employees.
In the highly practical and empowering book, you will learn:
- Eight signs you’re in a relationship with a gaslighter.
- The seven stages of gaslighting.
- Nine keys to protect and strengthen yourself.
- Six keys to successfully handle gaslighters.
- Seven ways to gain appreciation and respect.
- How to say “no” and keep good relations.
- Keys to reduce the fear of rejection.
- How to lower uncertainty and negative expectations about the future.
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