Gaslighting Stories: How Women Escaped Manipulative Partners

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If they can get out, so can you.

Gaslighting Stories

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse that not many recognize in partnerships.

Though it can happen in family members and in-laws, it's more common in romantic relationships.

Some signs of gaslighting include lying, telling their S.O. they're going crazy, manipulating them into staying, and more. It's not always easy to spot, but once you understand how to recognize it and how to respond to it, you'll be well on your way to leaving your manipulative relationship.

That's what the women below did. If you're worried you may be experiencing gaslighting, listen to their stories below to gain better insight on how to handle the situation.

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After meeting her ex-narcissist online, one woman quickly realized he was grooming her to be a fixer, someone who will aid the narcissist in being a better person. She reveals all the ways he manipulative tactics he pulled on her to get her to stay. One day, she was able to finally leave. This is her story.

Amy Kate

An advocate for partners of those with sexual addictions and a survivor of two marriages that ended as a result of sexual addiction, Amy Kate shares how her porn-addicted partners gaslighted her into believing she was the problem. Through her faith and religion, she was able to escape their clutches. This is her story.

Angie Atkinson

Author Angie Atkinson, who wrote the book Gaslighting, Love Bombing and Flying Monkeys: The Ultimate Toxic Relationship Survival Guide for Victims and Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse, shares her tales of narcissistic abuse and how she was able to thrive afterwards. Her story, along with the rest of the videos on her channel, serve as online toxic relationship rehab. This is her story.

Elaine Williams

Speaker, author, and motivational storyteller Elaine Williams takes the time to explain what gaslighting is and shares the way she discovered what it was—namely through a manipulative partner. This is her story.

Sophie Wallace

After her experience, Sophie Wallace started the #LightsOn Campaign to raise awareness on gaslighting abuse and to potentially help others realize the effects that gaslighting can have. She recounts her tale in the form of a moving poem. This is her story.

Jessica Lay

Jessica Lay dated a narcissist, but recounts that he wasn't at all the type of evil individual the movies so often portray them as being. She sheds light on how she came to understand what was happening in her relationship. This is her story.

Stephanie Lyn

Life coach Stephanie Lyn notes what we should all be looking for in relationships to understand if you're experiencing gaslighting. This is her story.

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