One of the most noticeable signs is the constant shifting of blame. Instead of admitting faults, narcissists will convince you that you're the problem or that you're overreacting.
They will deny events or situations ever occurred, making you question your memory. Your emotions will be labeled as irrational, further making you doubt your perceptions.
Narcissists often isolate their targets from family and friends. By doing so, they create an environment where the victim is more dependent on them and lacks outside perspectives.
When you bring up concerns or issues, they might be belittled. This tactic minimizes your feelings and concerns, making you feel like you're overreacting or too sensitive.
Gaslighting isn't always overt; it can manifest in daily interactions as "jokes" or "offhand comments." Recognizing these subtleties can be pivotal in identifying a pattern of manipulation.
Prolonged exposure to gaslighting can lead to anxiety, depression, and reduced self-worth. Understanding the psychological consequences helps in seeking timely intervention and support.