Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
What happens when your partner denies reality, and then you feel like you are losing your mind because you know that they are being dishonest? You may be a victim of "gaslighting".
“Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse where one partner persistently denies the reality of the other partner (via consistent lying, bullying, and obfuscating the facts), causing that person, over time, to doubt her (or his) perception of truth, facts, and reality,” says Rob Weiss, international Sexual Health expert, in a recent blog post.
Gaslighting is very similar to folie à deux, a psychiatric syndrome meaning “madness of two”. However, folie à deux is different in that partners who gaslight are aware of that lies they are telling. Gaslighting is common because the partner wants to get away with their negative behavior. So, they lie and manipulate their partner into believing a false reality.
Gaslighting occurs to everyone, not just partners who are weak or who have low self-esteem. Partners are inclined to believe their loved ones during these particular instances because of the emotional connection they have with them. It’s human nature to trust those you love.
Do you believe you are a victim of Gaslighting? Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing help you heal and grow into a healthier relationship with your loved one.
For more information, find Rob's full article here:
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