If you feel invalidated, doubt your own credibility and sanity, and are convinced it’s all your fault, you’re probably being gaslighted. Sam Vaknin lays out the characteristics of this insidious form of “ambient abuse.”
Ambient abuse [aka gaslighting] yields an irksome feeling, a kind of disagreeable foreboding, a premonition, a bad omen … it’s in the air. In the long term, such an environment erodes the victim’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Self-confidence is shaken badly …. In ambient abuse the roles are reversed; the victim is considered by everyone to be mentally deranged and unstable, and the abuser is universally acclaimed as the suffering soul and victim.
As you watch this video, you will learn about the five categories of ambient abuse, and how they are often combined in the same abuser.
Editor’s Note: After posting this video, some negative information concerning Sam Vaknin was brought to our attention. We did not thoroughly vet his personal credentials prior to posting, and this post does not constitute an endorsement of him. There is, however, valuable, accurate information in the video pertaining to the form of psychological abuse known as gaslighting.