Gaslighting—Are You Misusing or Overusing the Word?

If so, you’re not the only one…

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It seems, lately, we are all being gaslit. Gaslighting is everywhere—from reality TV to our most intimate relationships—we now have a name for those interpersonal encounters that once left us speechless. Have we been victims of gaslighting all of our lives and just recently found the word to make sense of our experience…




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I’m just trying to learn as much as I can when I’m here. Student of counselling psych and my many mistakes. Soft-hearted, open-minded, slow-moving.

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