Unmasking Manipulation: Identifying Gaslighting in the Workplace

By Divya Toshniwal

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or group makes someone doubt their own thoughts, memories, and perceptions.

Gaslighting can happen with you in a romantic relationship, amongst friends and family and also in your workplace. 

Gaslighting in a workplace is more common than you think and sometimes the signs are such that you cannot even identify that you are being gaslighted. look for the following signs:

You Become A Baseless Subject Of Gossip

The gaslighter , who may be your boss or colleague is constantly gossiping about you spreading facts which have no touch with reality.

You Are Conistently Discredited and Belittled

The gaslighter robs you of any credit that you may receive for the job well done and belittles your contribution in the organization.

You Are Being Criticized And Humiliated Constantly

Gaslighters frequently criticize and humiliate their victims, often in front of others. They may use derogatory language, insults, or condescending tones to demean and erode your self-esteem.

Withholding Information or Giving Misinformation

Gaslighters may intentionally withhold important information or provide misleading or incomplete information, making it difficult for you to make informed decisions or perform your job effectively.

You Are Being Isolated 

Gaslighters often try to isolate their victims by spreading rumors or creating a negative image of them to colleagues or superiors. They may manipulate relationships and alliances to gain control and undermine your credibility.

You Are Often The Scapegoat

Any and every problem that arises is solely blamed on you. They may make you doubt your abilities and feel guilty for things that are not your fault.