80 Gaslighting Quotes For The Narcissist In The Relationship

Looking for quotes about Gaslighting in your relationship? We have rounded up the best collection of gaslighting quotes, phrases, sayings, and captions, (with images and pictures) to inspire you to take a stand and walk out of your abusive relationship.

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The term Gaslighting means to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into doubting their own sanity.

It is an emotional tactic in which a person, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality and plays mind games.

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation. It can happen in many types of relationships, including those with bosses, friends, and parents. But one of the most devastating forms of gaslighting is when it occurs in a relationship between a couple.

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Best Gaslighting Quotes

  1. “Gaslighting: An emotional abuse to burn your sanity.”                                                           

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    Gaslighting Quotes Images

  2. “Gaslighting is a distorted alternate reality.” – Tracy Malone

  3. “Gaslighting is an attempt to change the truth.” – Tracy Malone

  4. “Gaslighting is a slow unconscious loss of reality.” – Tracy Malone

  5. “Gaslighting is implanted narratives cloaked in secrecy.” – Tracy Malone

  6. “Gaslighting are lies with a purpose to confuse and control.” – Tracy A Malone

  7. “Gaslighting is mind control to make victims doubt their reality.” – Tracy A. Malone                                                                                                                                                     

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    relationship gaslighting quotes

  8. “And I hate how you made me question myself when the problem was you all along.”

  9. “Gaslighting is when you don’t remember things the same as they do.” – Tracy Malone

  10. “Gaslighting is confusing because they switch to intermittent concern.” – Tracy Malone

Famous Quotes About Gaslighting


  1. “Gaslighting of the soul: They do everything to dim your light, and then they ask you why you’re not shining.”                                                                                               

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    Gaslighting Quotes

  2. “Gaslighting, when their words never seem to match up with their actions, yet their reasons leave you feeling like you’re going crazy.”

  3. “If you feel that you could be a victim of gaslighting, continue to research this problem and reach out to a mental health professional.”

  4. “People don’t want to hear this, but words not matching actions is called manipulation. And refusing to be held accountable for it is gaslighting.”

  5. “Gas-lighters minimize your feelings to gain power over you. They say things like: “Why are you so sensitive?” “Calm down. You are overreacting.””

  6. “Gaslighting: A subtle form of emotional manipulation that often results in the recipient doubting their perception of reality and their sanity.”

  7. “Gaslighting: An abuse used to instill chronic doubt and condition the victim to question their own memory, perception of events, and sense of reality.”                                                                                                                                                     

    Gaslighting Phrases
    Gaslighting Phrases

  8. “100% of people who tell you you’re too sensitive are saying it because they don’t want to be held responsible for your reaction when they mistreat you.”

  9. “Your abuser hides your belongings from you, fooling you to question your memory and think that your memory is faulty and weak. That’s Gaslighting.”

  10. “Quitters always believe the lies they tell themselves because delusion is easier to live with than the reality that they settled for an easier path.” – Shannon L. Alder

  11. “Gas-lighters confuse, intimidate, and disempower people… for the purpose of controlling other people, and promoting the abuser’s interests.” – Linda Hatch, Phd

  12. “One of the first steps in freeing yourself from a gaslighting relationship, is to acknowledge how unpleasant and hurtful you find this emotional apocalypse.” – Robin Stern

  13. “Whenever someone is not seeing, accepting, owing and expressing their actual personal truth, it will automatically become a gaslighting situation.” – Teal Swan

  14. “People don’t wanna hear this, but words not matching actions is called manipulation. And refusing to be held accountable for it is called gaslighting. Honey we’re talking abuse.”

  15. “Emotional abuse is designed to undermine another’s sense of self. It is deliberate humiliation, with the intent to seize control of how others feel about themselves.” – Lorraine Nilon

  16. “Gaslighting Phrases: 1. You’re being dramatic. 2. You’re overreacting. 3. Stop blowing it out of proportion. 4. There’s no love in your voice. 5. That’s what you heard, not what I said.”

  17. “You are having a conversation with someone. They leave. And now you are absolutely confused and doubt your memories and perception of reality. That person just Gaslighted you.”

  18. “People who harm you will blame you for it. Remember, an abuser will generally always play the victim, spin a story, tell everyone and they generally call you crazy.” – Maranda Pleasant

  19. “It also makes them vulnerable to more gaslighting, because their defenses have weakened, and the best gaslighting victims are those who doubt themselves.” – Jackson MacKenzie

  20. “Let’s say you have now planned to corner your gas-lighter and question them. They will shower love to fool you yet again. “You know how much I love you. I would never hurt you on purpose.”

  21. “Someone who gaslights you is trying to talk you out of your experience to alleviate their shame and responsibility to an issue. It’s a tool to control and manipulate you.” – Dr. Henry Cloud

  22. “Invalidation is crazy – making, and it is also at the root of gaslighting, where victim’s feelings are purposely denied or manipulated in order to make them question their sanity.” – Smantha Rodman

  23. “Gas-lighters spread rumors about you and can even tell you that others also think that about you. Unfortunately an extremely effective tactic that will make you feel that something is wrong with you.”

  24. “Gaslighting. That’s what it’s called. The most awful form of emotional abuse. Thabile Ngwato’s reply to someone who said that the most dangerous people are the ones who hurt then act like you hurt them.”

  25. “Stay away from people who always consider you expressing how you feel as you arguing or being extra. It’s called gaslighting. Toxic people do that so they don’t have to take accountability for their own behavior.”

  26. “Gas-lighters want to be in control and throw responsibility onto their partner while tearing them down. This tactic is proven every time a partner unknowingly tries harder or attempts to prove the gas-lighter wrong.”

  27. “Gaslighting is the systematic attempt by one person to erode another person’s reality by telling them that what they are experiencing isn’t so – and, the gradual giving up on the part of the other person.” – Dr. Robin Stern

  28. “Emotional abuse can leave a victim feeling like a shell of a person, separated from the true essence of who they naturally are. It also leads to a victim feeling tormented and tortured by their own emotions.” – Lorraine Nilon

  29. “Gaslighting qualifies as a form of emotional abuse that involves denying a person’s experience and making statements, such as “that never happened,” “you’re too sensitive,” or “this isn’t that big a deal.” – Ramani Durvasula

  30. “Your mental illness is used against you. A diagnosis of mental illness is easily used as a platform for blame. When your mental illness is at fault for every problem that arises in your relationship, you could be a victim of gaslighting.”

  31. “Effects of Gaslighting: No trust on own judgements. Depressed decision making ability. Anxiety. Depression. Constant self-doubt. Stressed out feelings. Low self-esteem. Altered perception about reality. Social isolation and withdrawal.”

  32. “Gas-lighters are habitual liars. They lie to your face and never change their story even if you have proof. They’ll say “You’re crazy. That never happened”. They can be so convincing that you may actually start believing you’re crazy.”

  33. “Common gaslighting responses: I was just joking. I didn’t do that. You’re imagining things. You were there with us. You make stuff up in your head. You have issues. You’re upset over nothing. Here we go again. I never said that. There’s always drama with you.”

  34. “Secrecy Requirement: gaslighting can only work if the victim is manipulated into a covenant of secrecy. Such is implemented when the victim is convinced that the outside world, or formerly trusted people, have a vested interest in hurting them.” – Ross Rosenberg

  35. “Few Phrases Gaslighters Use: 1. You’re crazy – that never happened. 2. You’re so sensitive. 3. You’re overreacting. 4. You must be confused again. 5. That’s not right; you’re remembering things wrong. 6. Just calm down. 7. I never said that. 8. What are you talking about?”

  36. “Let us not get scooped up by gaslighting manipulators stealing our emotions and taking possession of our inner child to carry out their dark agenda. Let the light of our intuition guide us subtly and wisely along the path of trust and suspicion. (“Juicy rumors”)” – Erik Pevernagie

  37. “Gaslighting: A form of psychological abuse involving the manipulation of situations or events that cause a person to be confused or to doubt his perceptions and memories. Gaslighting causes victims to constantly second-guess themselves and wonder if they’re losing their minds.”

  38. “Gaslighting their partners into believing the abuse isn’t real by denying, minimizing or rationalizing the abuse. This includes deflecting any conversations about accountability using circular conversations and word salad in order to avoid being held accountable for their actions.” – Shahida Arabi

  39. “Impact of gaslighting: Feeling confused = second guessing our memories. Trying to earn back the loving side of the person. It becomes increasingly difficult to make decisions. Constantly apologizing for our behavior. Staying silent or lying to avoid a reaction. We start to believe we’re gaslighting.”

  40. “Remember, someone that does something bad to you, will always try to control the narrative, and they generally get out there first and spin the story to anyone who will listen. I always like to watch the quiet one. You are not alone.” – Maranda Pleasant, Origin: Music, Art, Yoga Consciousness

  41. “Gaslighting is a manipulation tool used by many to gain control over you, and get you to believe what they want you to believe while they abuse you and enjoy their power. Victims can start to have self-esteem issues, self-doubt, feeling inadequate, stupid, unworthy, confused and a need to please everyone.”

  42. “Over time gaslighting creates the effects of confusion, brain fog, self-doubt, disorientation, paranoia, fear, terror, feeling like you’re losing your mind, difficulty making judgements or decisions, second guessing your memory, feeling like you aren’t good enough, and it can even cause nervous breakdowns.”

  43. “”Don’t fight hate with hate” is an example of subtle gaslighting. Where our legitimate hurt and anger at the injustices we suffer is being equated to the bigotry and abuse of our oppressors. Being angry doesn’t mean you are being hateful, it means you love yourself enough to get upset at your own mistreatment.”

  44. “Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation and emotional abuse. The Gas-lighter avoids responsibility for their toxic behavior by lying and denying and making you question facts, your memory, and your feelings. Basically, the Gas-lighter makes you feel crazy and confused.” – Karen Salmansohn

  45. “In terms of gaslighting, I define it as “to implant false and/or distorted narratives that are specially designed or formulated to manipulate a person into a destructive web of deception, loss of control, and the surrender of personal freedom and beliefs of self-worth, self-value, self-esteem, and productivity.” – Ross Rosenberg

  46. “Most people are good and occasionally do something they know is bad. Some people are bad and struggle every day to keep it under control. Others are corrupt to the core and don’t give a damn, as long as they don’t get caught. But evil is a completely different creature, evil is bad that believes it’s good.” – Karen Marie Moning

  47. “Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief.”

  48. “Gaslighting, brainwashing, cults, hostage situations, and totalitarian propaganda have a common basis. They use similar techniques to confuse, intimidate, and disempower people. These methods are used by abusers of all kinds for the purpose of controlling other people, and promoting the abusers’ interests.” – Linda Hatch, PhD

  49. “Gaslighting: These predators prey on susceptible individuals who believe in their false altruism, affection and promises of protection. Gas-lighters are most successful when they believably cast themselves as loyal and dutiful protectorates who are unconditionally invested in defending and caring for their beloved gaslit victims.” – Ross Rosenberg

  50. “Signs Of Gaslighting: 1. Their actions don’t match their words. 2. Distracts from their behavior by protecting onto you. 3. Degrading comments followed by positive reinforcement. 4. They attempt to block or are unsupportive of your growth. 5. They lie = deny things even when there is proof. 6. Telling you you’re ‘wrong’ ‘crazy’ ‘imagining things’.”

  51. “This term is used in the 1944 Ingrid Bergman film Gaslight, in which a husband purposefully drives his wife insane by flickering lights, making noises in the attic, and then claiming the very real experience was all in her head.” – Samantha Rodman, How to Talk to Your Kids about Your Divorce: Healthy, Effective Communication Techniques for Your Changing Family

  52. “People who gaslight typically use the following techniques: They tell blatant lies; They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof; They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition; They wear you down over time; Their actions do not match their words; They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you; They know confusion weakens people.”

  53. “Gaslighting, at its core, is a form of emotional abuse that slowly eats away at your ability to make judgments. Essentially, a Gas-lighter spins their negative, harmful or destructive words and actions in their favor, deflecting the blame for their abusive deeds and pointing the finger at you. This is often done by making you feel “overly sensitive,” “paranoid,” “mentally unstable,” “silly,” “unhinged,” and many other sensations which cause you to doubt yourself.” – Aletheia Luna

  54. “Playing the victim role: Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behavior in order to gain pity, sympathy or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation.” – George K. Simon Jr.

  55. “It is not okay for someone you like to treat you poorly and then pretend it didn’t happen, making you question your own grasp of reality. This dynamic is called gaslighting. It’s a common tactic of abusers to shift the focus of the blame from their bad behavior onto the person they are victimizing… You may start to internalize the idea that there is something wrong with you and that you did something to provoke the situation as you’re increasingly beaten down and confused.” – Shannon Weber

  56. “One of the first steps in freeing yourself from a gaslighting relationship, then, is to acknowledge how unpleasant and hurtful you find this Emotional Apocalypse. If you hate being yelled at, you have the right to insist that yelling not be a part of your disagreements. Maybe some other woman wouldn’t mind the loud voice, but you do. If that makes you sensitive, so be it. You have the right to set limits where you want them, not where some mythical other, “less sensitive” woman wants them.” – Robin Stern

  57. “Gaslighting At Workplace: Gaslighting is a power game that you don’t know you’re playing. Its purpose is to manipulate you by making you question yourself and lose confidence. When the gas-lighter is in a position of power, such as a supervisor or manager at work, it must be taken very seriously. To counteract the effects of gaslighting you need to know what to look for and have confidence to put yourself beyond the reach of the gas-lighter. That’s not easy to do when their sole purpose is to undermine you, to lower your self esteem, to bully you.”

  58. “One can only return to the fact that even the most ordinary, good-hearted, intelligent people are literally prone to believing the most blatantly nonsensical untruths. And this comes from the realization that there are some opinions and some beliefs so incredibly inane, we may actually on occasion feel insane for not believing them; and that is probably because in giving the benefit of the doubt we self-doubt, we convince ourselves into lame passivity and blind acceptance, we tell ourselves, ‘Maybe I’m just missing something here.” – Criss Jami, Healology

  59. “The purpose of gaslighting is to manipulate you into doubting yourself. Doubting yourself quiets that inner voice that tells you something is off. ”

Famous Narcissist Gaslighting Quotes

  1. “Your narcissistic abuser withholds information in a conversation and replaces it with false information. That’s Gaslighting.”                                                               

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    narcissist gaslighting quotes

  2. “The purpose of Gaslighting is to control people and exert power over others, usually practiced by toxic narcissistic personalities.”

  3. “Your narcissistic abuser flaunts about how superior their memory is compared to yours, instilling doubt about yourself in your mind. That’s Gaslighting.”

  4. “Gaslighting is a form of insidious and covert manipulation where a bully, narcissist, or an abuser targets the victim by making them question their judgements, memory, mind and reality.”

  5. “Narcissists love to wound and then soothe in a frustrating cycle. This technique of sometimes being cruel and sometimes being loving and kind creates extreme confusion – a confusion that psychologists call cognitive dissonance. The brain can’t handle the two opposite realities side by side, and it causes stress and trauma in the narcissists prey.”

  6. “Victims of narcissistic abuse often appear uncertain of themselves, constantly seeking clarification that they haven’t made a mistake or misheard something. Confidence may be so low that they have trouble making simple decisions. They will not be aware that this is caused by an abusive technique called ‘gaslighting’. Victims may be indecisive.”

  7. “Preston Ni, author of How to Successfully Handle Gas-lighters & Stop Psychological Bullying, talks about 7 stages of gaslighting that are breathtakingly familiar to anyone that has been the victim of narcissistic gaslighting: 1. Lie and exaggerate. 2. Repetition. 3. Escalate when challenged. 4. Wear out the victim. 5.Form codependent relationships. 6. Give false hope. 7. Dominate and control.”

  8. Narcissists are consumed with maintaining a shallow false self to others. They’re emotionally crippled souls that are addicted to attention. Because of this they use a multitude of games, in order to receive adoration. Sadly, they are the most ungodly of God’s creations because they don’t show remorse for their actions, take steps to make amends or have empathy for others. They are morally bankrupt.” – Shannon L. Alder

  9. “Malicious Narcissists Convincing Other You Are at Fault or Crazy. Another dark ploy is that narcissists contact your relatives, in-laws, friends and anyone who will listen to broadcast blatant lies about your character. This doesn’t happen in all instances but it is remarkable the lengths these malicious individuals exceed to trash you, put you at fault and lead others to believe that you are “crazy;” you need immediate psychiatric help, you have always been unstable, etc.” – Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D., Clinical Expert on the Narcissist Personality

  10. “Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse used by narcissists in order to instill in their victims an extreme sense of anxiety and confusion, to the point where they no longer trust their own memory, perception or judgment. The techniques used in “Gaslighting” by the narcissist are similar to those used in brainwashing, interrogation, and torture that have been used in psychological warfare by intelligence operative, law enforcement and other forces for decades. The intention is to, in a systematic way, target the victim’s mental equilibrium, self confidence, and self esteem so that they are no longer able to function in an independent way, giving the narcissist full control over the victim.”

Gaslighting Examples;

Gaslighting happens when an abuser tries to control a victim by twisting their sense of reality.

  1. An example of gaslighting would be a partner doing something abusive and then denying it happened.
  2. “You’re too sensitive.” This is a phrase used by gaslighters to minimize and invalidate the victim’s feelings.
  3. The gaslighter tells the victim they are crazy and others also think the same about them. This makes the victim question reality and their sanity. It can be so bad that it actually drives the victim crazy.
  4. Gaslighters are manipulative and they keep the people who will always agree with them close and use these people against the victim.

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