Gaslight (gaslights, gaslighting, gaslighted): manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity
Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse where someone with narcissistic behaviors covertly leads you to question your own reality, memory, or perceptions, often evoking cognitive dissonance, in an effort to protect their fragile ego.
Here are some examples of what gaslighting can sound like. As a disclaimer, it is important to note that not everyone who says these phrases is automatically a gaslighter. Gaslighting is intentional and a gaslighter knows exactly what they're saying and what they're doing.
Do any of these phrases sound familiar to you? These are only some of the things a gaslighter will say to you. You may have heard these before or even said them yourself, but this does not necessarily mean you have been gaslighted or that you are a gaslighter. Gaslighting is intentional and a gaslighter knows full well what they're saying and what they are doing. It is encouraged that you to seek help or guidance if you suspect that gaslighting has played a role in your life in an effort to empower yourself and your life.