gaslighting

“Emotional abusers often rely on a technique called gaslighting, in which information is twisted, spun, omitted, or fabricated in an attempt to make victims doubt their own memory and sanity. Emotionally abusive people may often belittle and put down their partners, only to deny this behavior when they work up the courage to bring it up. They may also try to persuade their partners that the abuse never happened, that they are crazy to be concerned. Emotionally abusive people may also trivialize huge issues by convincing their partners that their concerns aren’t important. ‘You see everything in the most negative way,’ or ‘Where did you get a crazy idea like that?’ are common phrases used by emotional abusers to make victims doubt their own perception.” Radical Acceptance: The Secret to Happy, Lasting Love , pp 49-50

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