7 Signs Your PARENTS Are GASLIGHTING You

Dr. Psychology
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6 min readNov 12, 2023

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Gaslighting is a form of manipulation and emotional abuse, which can be hard to notice if we’ve grown up in it our entire lives.

Since it’d be so difficult to recognize, here are the seven signs your parents are gaslighting you.

Number one, they repeatedly refute or deny your experience.

You see, the whole aim of gaslighting is to make you question your own memory or reality through manipulation.

When someone denies our past experiences or memories, it’s like a slow erosion of our trust in ourselves and our ability to recall events.

If this happens over and over, maybe since we were young, we might find ourselves hesitating to trust our own judgment.

We end up constantly seeking validation from others or downplaying what happened unless someone else agrees.

It’s a tricky dance, but understanding it can be a powerful step toward reclaiming our confidence and trust in our own experiences.

It’s a classic move when they say things like, “Oh, you aren’t really upset with what happened; you’re just tired.” This kind of talk can really take a toll on our self-esteem and confidence, making us more susceptible to control.

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Dr. Psychology
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