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“If you have been living with a narcissist for a long time, you may feel that you have lost all ability to function as an intelligent human being. By the time I divorced, I no longer felt confident about my looks, my ability to use technology, driving ability, or the reliability of my thoughts and emotions. It’s not an easy thing to come back from but you can do it.” ~ First Wives World

Anti-gaslighting tool
Narcissists are infamous for their gaslighting manipulation techniques. You know, the ones they actively use in order to get what they want.

Related: What You Need to Know About Narcissistic Rage

These techniques can be psychologically devastating for their victims. Quite often, narcissists have such an emotional hold over the people in their lives that they literally invade their every thought.

If someone in your life makes you feel completely worthless, or constantly questions your sanity (especially when no one else in your life sees you this way), you might be dealing with a narcissist who is actively using a tactic called gaslighting.

There are only a few ways to stop gaslighting.

The first and most drastic is to simply cease all contact with the narcissist. This is definitely the most effective way to end the cycle of emotional manipulation that can come with a relationship with a narcissist.

But in some cases, “no contact” isn’t possible. So what can you do then?

Simple: limit contact – at least as much as you can.

It’s not always going to be possible to avoid your narcissist, so it’s better to only spend as much time as necessary with him or her. The same goes for conversation when you do spend time together. Try to avoid it when you can, and if you must engage, don’t get beyond small talk.

Stand Up and Refuse to Cower

This sounds kind of silly, but if you’ve been in a relationship with a narcissist, you know what I’m talking about.

When gaslighting happens, a narcissist wants to feel in control, so he will do his best to make you feel crazy. But if you do not allow him to intimidate or upset you, then you take back your power and become the rightful mistress (or master) of your own destiny.

How do you do this? You simply REFUSE TO REACT in any negative way, other than to quietly stand up and remove yourself if necessary. Refuse to be confrontational. And watch the narcissist squirm. By not paying attention or giving him the satisfaction of a reaction, you cause the narcissist to feel irrelevant. That makes him upset and knocks him off-kilter – and he might even decide to go back into “charming” mode in order to get back his narcissistic supply (aka your attention). Either way, it stops the gaslighting – at least temporarily.

This video offers additional information on how to stop gaslighting, plus an overview of the gray rock technique and its creation story.

Want more ways to end gaslighting? Check out Take Back Your Life: 103 Highly-Effective Strategies to Snuff Out a Narcissist’s Gaslighting and Enjoy the Happy Life You Really Deserve.

How about you? Have you found a way to stop gaslighting? Share it when you hit me up on Facebook. 

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3 Responses to Narcissistic Relationships: One Simple Way to Stop Gaslighting

  1. I have just realized my husband has been gaslighting me, he has told me over an over that I am crazy and he even told me the other day that no one cared about me. He always tells me his behavior is a reaction to all my stupid things I do and how I act. Well I have finally figured it out and I will never let him do it to me again! His mother treated his father horrible for 30 years, his father finally couldn’t take it anymore and divorced that horrible woman. I will not let one more day go by letting him treat me like that!!!!!!!

  2. I willing moved to a state that I have no family or friends. So he could retire and be a cattle farmer. So I have no support system. I’m having a hard time finding friends, the ones I left, had been friends for 20+ years and he says “what did you do to make them not like you?” maybe it’s you! We’ve been married for 42 years, all money tied up with farm. No money, no where to go, his moodiness! How do I get out of this mess

    • hi debbie

      i just read your message.

      i’m so sorry for you. i moved here from the UK 6 years ago to be with my husband. we divorced just over a year ago. i consider myself a strong person yet this man beat me down over time and almost destroyed me. i have to admit i still maintained contact with him as i did still love and care for him. it’s not easy cutting contact completely. my suggestion to you would be to try and make friends in your area – look online and see if there’s anything local to you – or do what i did and start a little coffee club or something. alternatively if you have a hobby look for a class or group of people that also enjoy this. it was important for me to have friends and it also took me out of myself and helped me get back on my feet. i also started working – part time. sometimes we only need to do a couple of things in order to make big changes. i appreciate how difficult it is for you however i also understand what you’re going through. i hope this has helped you a little 🙂

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