Gaslighting: 21 Signs You’re Being Manipulated

Gaslighting can be subtle and insidious, making it hard to recognize. Are you wondering if someone’s comments or questions might be undermining your reality? Here are some common red flags to help you identify gaslighting in conversations.

1. “Are you sure you remember that correctly?”

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This question can make you doubt your memory and perception, a classic sign of gaslighting.

2. “You’re just overreacting.”

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This phrase dismisses your feelings as irrational or excessive, making you question your emotional responses.

3. “I never said that.”

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Denying statements or promises they clearly made can destabilize your trust in your own memory.

4. “You’re too sensitive.”

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By labeling you as overly sensitive, a gaslighter can invalidate your feelings and experiences.

5. “You’re imagining things.”

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This outright denial of your experiences can make you doubt your sanity.

6. “It was just a joke!”

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Using humor as an excuse, this phrase can undermine your feelings and make you question if you’re too serious.

7. “Why are you making such a big deal out of nothing?”

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This makes you feel unreasonable for reacting, pushing you to question the legitimacy of your concerns.

8. “I’m the only one who really understands you.”

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This can isolate you from others and increase your reliance on the gaslighter.

9. “You would see this my way if you were smarter.”

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Implying a lack of intelligence for disagreeing can erode your confidence in your own thoughts.

10. “You’re not remembering it right.”

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Repeatedly questioning your memory can make you less confident in your recollections.

11. “No one else thinks that way.”

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Making you feel like an outsider for your perceptions can isolate you and make you doubt your judgments.

12. “You’re being paranoid.”

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Labeling you as paranoid is a way to dismiss your concerns or feelings as unfounded.

13. “You’re making things up.”

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Accusing you of lying or fabricating stories undermines your credibility and trust in your own narrative.

14. “You’re so dramatic.”

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This phrase can trivialize your experiences and make you feel unworthy of serious consideration.

15. “You know, everyone thinks you’re crazy.”

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Claiming others share their view can amplify your self-doubt and feelings of isolation.

16. “I did it because I love you.”

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This can justify inappropriate behaviors and make you question the normalcy of harmful actions.

17. “You have a bad memory.”

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Repeatedly stating this can make you mistrust your own memory over time.

18. “You need help.”

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Suggesting you are mentally unstable is a severe form of gaslighting that can deeply affect your self-esteem.

19. “Stop being so emotional.”

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This attempts to devalue your feelings by framing them as a weakness.

20. “That never happened.”

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Flat-out denial of events you know occurred can be very disorienting and damaging.

21. “You’re overthinking this.”

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This phrase is often used to suggest that your concerns are not only unfounded but also a product of faulty thinking.

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Recognizing these phrases and questions in your interactions can be the first step towards addressing the situation. If you find these red flags familiar, it may be time to reevaluate the dynamics of your relationships. What will you do to ensure your perceptions and feelings are respected?

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