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Gaslighting and Coercive Control

One of the more difficult methods of abuse to pinpoint is gaslighting. It is a harmful method of emotional abuse, which tricks victims into disbelieving their own memories. Occurring over an extended period of time, gaslighting can keep victims trapped in dangerous situations. Its tactics can help abusers hide their behaviors that they don’t want … Continue reading

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Don’t Underestimate Your Anger…Part 2

(Update 3/30/2016 – Yesterday, a mere 4 days after I originally wrote this post, author Jessica Knoll shared her story about the real life incidents, which shaped her novel, Luckiest Girl Alive.  It’s a powerful and courageous essay and I can’t stop thinking about it.) “I know that I made the mistake of thinking that … Continue reading

Abuse / Boundaries / Mental Health / Psychological Abuse / Suicide Ideation / Verbal Abuse / Wellness

Don’t Underestimate Your Anger

“The death of idealized versions of our parents, teachers, and mentors—a stage in the journey—is always scary because it means that we’re now responsible for our own learning and growth. That death is also beautiful because it makes room for new relationships—more honest connections between authentic adults who are doing the best they can. Of … Continue reading

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You’re Only As Healthy As Your Social World

We’ve all held on to someone who didn’t deserve to be there, and most of us still have someone in our lives who continually drains us: Someone who doesn’t add value. Someone who isn’t supportive. Someone who takes and takes and takes without giving back to the relationship. Someone who contributes very little and prevents … Continue reading

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Thoughts On My Stigma Fighters Post

It took me awhile, but I finally found the stomach to write about my own story.  I know other people, who I’ve never met, have certainly helped me by sharing their stories, struggles, and triumphs.  So despite my discomfort and chest palpitations–I hate when they return!–writing about the heavier aspects of my own depression, suicide … Continue reading

Emotional Abuse / Mental Health / Narcissism / Psychological Abuse

Gaslighting

“Gaslighting is a form of manipulation, in which a person convinces the other that she is going crazy. The word is taken from the 1944 film Gaslight that casts Ingrid Bergman as the woman being manipulated by her scheming husband, played by Charles Boyer. […] “Serial cheaters are often the ones doing the gaslighting,” says George Simon, Ph.D., … Continue reading