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Are you gaslighting yourself?

Have you ever caught yourself justifying the behavior of toxic people in your life? Or maybe you’ve criticized yourself for being "too sensitive" or questioned your own perception of something someone said or did? If so, you might be engaging in self-gaslighting - a sneaky, harmful habit that many of us fall into without even realizing it.


What is Self-Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a term many of us are familiar with. It describes a manipulation tactic where someone distorts the truth to make you doubt your reality. Self-gaslighting is essentially the same thing, but it’s you doing it to yourself. This can involve questioning your own judgment, decision-making, or perception of reality. Unlike external gaslighting, which is driven by someone else's malicious intentions, self-gaslighting often stems from anxiety or self-doubt.

Why Do We Self-Gaslight?

There are many reasons why you might find yourself self-gaslighting, including:

  • Fear of failure

  • Low self-esteem

  • Negative self-worth

  • Lack of self-trust

  • Imposter syndrome

  • Excessive anxiety

If you've experienced gaslighting, bullying, or been in a toxic relationship, you might be more prone to self-gaslighting. These experiences can leave deep scars, making you more likely to question and doubt yourself.

Signs of Self-Gaslighting

Self-gaslighting can show up in various ways, such as:

  • Second-guessing yourself constantly

  • Dismissing your emotions as being "too sensitive"

  • Making excuses for others’ bad behavior

  • Blaming yourself for things beyond your control

  • Overly criticizing yourself

  • Staying in toxic relationships because you feel unworthy

These behaviors can lead to serious issues like anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. They can also make it harder to trust yourself, affecting your relationships and decision-making abilities.

Practical Tips to Stop Self-Gaslighting

Breaking free from self-gaslighting is possible, and it starts with awareness and self-compassion. Here are some practical tips to help you get started:

  • Surround yourself with Positive People: Spend time with those who uplift and support you. Positive influences can help counteract negative self-talk.

  • Practice Positive Self-Talk: Challenge negative thoughts by reminding yourself of your strengths and achievements. Replace “I can’t do this” with “I am capable and strong.”

  • Keep a Journal: Writing down your thoughts and experiences can help you see patterns in your self-doubt and track your progress. It’s also a great way to validate your feelings.

  • Rebuild Trust with yourself: Start making small decisions on your own and celebrate those successes. This will help rebuild your confidence and self-trust.

  • Seek Professional Help: If self-gaslighting is significantly impacting your life, don’t hesitate to reach out to a therapist, counselor, or coach. They can provide valuable tools and support.

  • Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes and that you are worthy of love and respect.

  • Recognize Your Patterns: Identify when and why you tend to self-gaslight. This awareness is the first step to changing those habits.

  • Challenge Negative Thoughts: When you catch yourself thinking negatively, ask yourself if there’s evidence to support those thoughts. Often, you’ll find there isn’t.

Remember, breaking the habit of self-gaslighting isn’t about blaming yourself. It’s about recognizing these patterns and taking steps to change them. You have the power to reshape your narrative and embrace a more positive, supportive view of yourself.

If you’re self-gaslighting and need help to overcome it, book a free Discovery call with me and let’s talk about it.

Meanwhile, stay kind to yourself and keep shining brightly! 🌟


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