Gaslighting: An Attack on the Human Psyche

What if every time you said what was on your heart someone called you “crazy” or “over dramatic”? What if you felt isolated from everyone you loved but your partner said it was “normal”? Welcome the world of gaslighting. Because gaslighting is a discrete form of abuse, it is often hard to identify from the outside. However, due to the increased public discourse toward mental health in recent decades, psychologists and sociologists have made it easier for one to identify gaslighting and its effects. Through a review of scientific studies, the present research aims to inform the public on complications caused by gaslighting, mental illnesses that can surface from being exposed to it, and popular treatments used to heal from this trauma.