When we think of gaslighting, we usually think of the tactic an individual uses to gain power over a victim by making them question their own reality. This tactic can even be employed by a government to manipulate its citizens into submitting to a political agenda. Either way, it’s done slowly and subtly, so the victim doesn’t know it’s happening until it’s too late, sometimes to the point where they lose their mind. But what if the most powerful gaslighter wasn’t something as obvious as a person or entity? What if the most skilled and effective gaslighter was actually your own mind?

As someone who has overcome depression and suicidal ideation, I am incredibly familiar with the tricks my mind uses to try to bring me down. However, I only recently read about the tactics gaslighters use to get what they want. I immediately recognized them as the same tricks the mind can use to distort our perception of our own life. The following are the “11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting” Stephanie Moulton Sarkis Ph.D. published in Psychology Today, and how they directly mirror the manipulative lies our mind tells us to ensure we fall into unending depression.

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