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Gaslighting: Recognise the Signs and Take Back Your Power

Today, I want to talk about something that might hit close to home: gaslighting.

Gaslighting is a sneaky manipulation tactic that can mess with your head and leave you feeling confused and doubtful about your own reality. It's something that can happen in any kind of relationship, whether it's with your partner or someone close to you. But hey, knowledge is power, right? So, let's dive into this and empower ourselves.

Picture this: You clearly remember something happening, but suddenly, it's denied as if it never took place. It's like someone is trying to rewrite your history. Or maybe they twist the truth just enough to make you question your own memory or perception. They might even tell you that you're overreacting or making a mountain out of a molehill.

And here's the thing—they never take responsibility for their actions. Instead, they put the blame on you, making you feel guilty for things that aren't even your fault. They might say things like, "You're too sensitive" or "You're making a big deal out of nothing." It's a total mind game that chips away at your confidence.

But it doesn't stop there. Gaslighters constantly contradict you, making you doubt your own judgment. They want you to rely on them and their version of reality, so they can maintain control. And to isolate you further, they try to cut you off from your support system—your friends and family. It's a tactic that makes you feel like you have no one to turn to, which only strengthens their grip on you.

If any of this sounds familiar, trust your gut. You're not alone, and you're not crazy. Gaslighting is real, and it's harmful. But the good news is, you have the power to break free from its grip.

Reach out to someone you trust—a friend, a family member, or even a therapist. You deserve support, validation, and a safe space to talk about what's going on. At Headquarters Counselling Services, we're here for you. Me and my team can help guide you through this challenging experience. We're all about creating a safe and understanding environment where you can share your concerns and learn healthy ways to cope.

Don't let gaslighting rob you of the relationships you deserve—ones built on trust, respect, and open communication. Together, we can work towards building healthier and more fulfilling connections in your life.

If you need support, book a session with me or my amazing team. Contact us today, we're here, ready to support you.

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