Outsmart Gaslighting

Gaslighting is an increasingly popular tactic to get someone to doubt their reality and memory.

Some of gaslighting’s greatest hits are:

  • “You’re making things up.”
  • “That never happened.”
  • “You’re being dramatic.”
  • “You’re blowing things out of proportion.”

What to say when someone is gaslighting you according to therapist Alyssa “Lia” Mancao:

  • “My feelings and reality are valid. I don’t appreciate you telling me that I am being too sensitive.”
  • “Don’t tell me how to feel; this is how I feel.”
  • “I am allowed to explore these topics and conversations with you. Do not tell me I am being dramatic.”
  • “I know what I saw.”
  • “I will not continue this conversation if you continue to minimize what I am feeling.” (Then, implement the boundary.)