Opinion: There Are Links Between Narcissism and Gaslighting in Relationships

Stacy Ann

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Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the manipulator makes the victim question their sanity, memories, or perceptions. Narcissists often use gaslighting tactics in their relationships to gain control and exploit those around them. This can make it difficult for the victim to recognize and acknowledge the abuse and can have a lasting impact on their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Narcissists use gaslighting in their relationships which often begins with them denying the reality of certain events. They will deny that certain things were said or done, even when there is evidence to the contrary. This can make the victim question their perception of reality and can make it difficult for them to trust their memories.

Narcissists also use gaslighting to play the victim. They may blame the victim for the relationship's problems and make it seem like the victim is the one who is causing the issues. This can make the real victim feel guilty, ashamed, and responsible for the relationship's problems, making it difficult for them to recognize the abuse.

Narcissists are known for twisting the truth; they may make false accusations, exaggerate facts, and create confusion, this makes the victim question their understanding of reality, and they may start to doubt their perception of the events. This makes it easier for the narcissist to begin isolating the victim from friends and family; they may make the victim believe that no one will believe them or that their friends and family are against them, which makes the victim more dependent on the Narcissist and makes it harder for them to leave the relationship.

Gaslighting can severely impact a victim's mental and emotional well-being. It can lead to feelings of low self-worth, self-doubt, and anxiety. It can also lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health problems. The constant manipulation and exploitation can make it difficult for the victim to trust themselves and their perceptions and can have a lasting impact on their emotional well-being.

Gaslighting is a form of abuse, and it is not your fault. If this is happening in your relationship, seek professional help and support. Please understand that leaving the relationship is not a weakness but a sign of strength and resilience.



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