The Dark Side of Relationships: Common Phrases Used for Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a type of manipulation where someone gives fake or incorrect information to make them doubt their memory, perception, and mental capacity or sanity.

Perpetrators of gaslighting can also use it as a tactic to control or exploit another person.

The term “gaslighting” originates from a film adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play Gas Light.

Here, an abusive husband attempts to convince his wife that she has gone mad by dimming lights (powered by gas) in their home while insisting that she imagined it.

Gaslighting can have long-lasting and damaging effects on its victims; they may feel confused and disoriented due to continuous questioning of reality, causing insecurity and low self-esteem.

We’ll look at the common signs of gaslighting in relationships, which should help raise awareness that someone might be trying to deceive or manipulate you.

#1. “Stop being so sensitive.”

Telling someone “you’re too emotional” is a form of gaslighting because it implies that their feelings are invalid and not worth listening to.