We all know people who exaggerate, or take liberty with the facts or know how to bluff their way through a topic they know nothing about. There are times when we might even be that person! After all, our memory isn’t perfect, and we do the best we can to remember things as they happened. But there are some people who don’t have that same desire for truth. They create their own truth, and they’re set on convincing you that you’re the one who’s wrong. There’s a term for it: gaslighting. Our question this episode: what do we do when someone is clearly and repeatedly lying to us?
In addition to sharing some strategies for handling gaslighting, I also offer you a New Year’s invitation designed to stretch your communication capacity in 2019.
Resources for Further Learning
Gaslighting article on Wikipedia
Gaslighting: Examples, Effects and How to Confront the Abuse
If Your Partner Keeps Gaslighting You, Here’s What You Can Do
How to survive gaslighting: when manipulation erases your reality
How to deal with gaslighting | Ariel Leve (video)
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