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Examples of gaslighting in a marriage.

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Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, or sanity. In the context of marriage, gaslighting can be subtle and insidious. Here are some examples:

  • Denying events or conversations: The gaslighter may flat-out deny that certain events or conversations ever took place, causing the victim to question their own memory.
  • Withholding information: A gaslighter might withhold information or selectively share details to manipulate the spouse’s perception of reality.
  • Trivializing concerns: Dismissing the partner’s feelings or concerns as unimportant or irrational can make them doubt their own emotions and judgment.
  • Twisting the truth: Manipulating facts or reinterpreting events in a way that favors the gaslighter can make the victim feel confused and uncertain about what actually happened.
  • Projecting: Accusing the spouse of behaviors or motives that the gaslighter is guilty of is a way to shift blame and create confusion.
  • Countering: The gaslighter might counter the partner’s memories or feelings with their own version of events, making the victim feel like they are always wrong.
  • Silent treatment: Ignoring or refusing to engage in a conversation can make the victim feel isolated and question whether they are justified in their concerns.
  • Undermining confidence: Constantly criticizing, mocking, or belittling the spouse can erode their self-esteem and make them more susceptible to manipulation.
  • Diverting blame: When confronted, a gaslighter may shift the blame onto the victim, making them question their own actions and feelings.
  • Isolating from support: Gaslighters may work to isolate their partners from friends and family, making the victim more dependent on the gaslighter’s version of reality.

It’s important to note that gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse, and its effects can be damaging to mental health. If you suspect that you are a victim of gaslighting or are experiencing emotional abuse in your marriage, seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional is crucial.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.

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