I have seen gaslighting at work destroy lives and create total misery.
Gaslighting is a power game and a form of emotional abuse, where one person’s version of reality is denied by denying facts, memories, their interpretation of events, or their feelings. The aim is to disorientate the other person, create doubt in their mental sanity, so the abuser can take full control.
This happens at work more than you might think. Maybe you have had this experience yourself? Over time, it destroys your self-esteem, and how you think about yourself at work. I have seen it prevent people from feeling able to go back to work again, after leaving work due to gaslighting.
I’ll be posting some tips to handle gaslighting at work tomorrow. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any posts hit the three dots at the top right of this post and select ‘turn on post notifications.’
If you have experienced gaslighting at work and have some wisdom to share please add in the comments.