What is Gaslighting and is it Happening to You?

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If you recognize any of these signs in your relationship, you might be a victim of gaslighting With the influx of sexual assault and harassment allegations flying around the term “gaslighting” has been used extensively. But what is gaslighting, really? By definition gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. He manipulates her until what she knows to be true becomes what she thinks is true, and then she doesn’t know what’s true at all anymore. Men have used gaslighting as a tactic to quietly discredit women for years. In October, The New Yorker published a report that shows just how Harvey Weinstein gaslighted women. In 2015 during a NYPD sting operation, recording captured Weinstein admitting to groping a model named … Read More

Say Something: Barriers to Bystander Intervention

Let’s begin by defining what bystander intervention means. Basically, it’s the point at which someone intrudes on a possibly unsafe circumstance. This includes interrupting activities or remarks that advance violence. Bystander intervention is the difference between contributing to the cycle of violence by remaining silent and participating as an agent of change to stop the violence for someone else. We call this being an active bystander. The good news is, it’s never too late to become an active bystander! So why aren’t more of us stepping up to help?   There are four types of barriers to bystander intervention: Individual, Relationship, Community, and Societal. While none excuse silence, they all outline reasons why people turn a blind eye. But you didn’t come here for psychological analysis or research. You’re here to learn how you can … Read More