I received a lot of feedback, privately, about my original post, A Christiaan Experience with Gaslighting, most all of it was negative in some way. These individuals have the best of intentions, as they believe it’s me being too transparent and ‘airing my dirty laundry’. I can definitely see how they could have arrived there, especially since the story isn’t done.
See, the reality is that this isn’t a story about sorrow, loss, and how I was a victim. It’s a story of triumph, redemption, and hope. The story isn’t over yet, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be told.
But what does it mean to be gaslit? Check out part one, but in short it’s when an individual is psychologically manipulated over a period of time to question the validity of their thoughts, memories, and perception of reality which affects both their confidence and self-esteem.
As a quick reminder, my goal with this isn’t to call out individuals specifically, so in part two use armed forces phonetic letters to signify individuals and help maintain anonymity.
I stayed up entirely too late (it’s 5:20am) writing part two, but I don’t feel right about posting it, just yet.
I guess it’s a good thing I’m going to be driving a lot tomorrow.
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