Gaslighting is a colloquialism that is loosely defined as making someone question their reality.
The term is also used informally to describe someone (a "gaslighter") who persistently puts forth a false narrative which leads another person (or a group of people) to doubt their own perceptions to the extent that they become disoriented and distressed. This dynamic is generally only possible when the audience is vulnerable such as in unequal power relationships or when the audience is fearful of the losses associated with challenging the false narrative. Gaslighting is not necessarily malicious or intentional, although in some cases it is.
Exists for a purpose - self protection
I am not my trauma - not going to question my own reality
Being stuck in a mirror that isn't ours
How we hide our own trauma
Gaslighting - why we don't recognize we have been traumatised
Not a comparison to others trauma
Biggest mindfuck is we protect our perpetrators - permission to label it as trauma
Allowing others to dictate our experience
Validate experience - perpetrator
Perpetuating trauma by accepting it - silence breeds permission
Self doubt - doesn't look or feel like trauma - our gut always knows.- sacrificing our truth
Songs - Praying by Kesha and Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri