This is a great point. My gaslighter convinced me that none of my close friends actually cared about me. He even had me believing things about my own parents that weren't true. I withdrew from these relationships and believed that he was the only one who could truly appreciate and protect me. In truth, he was the only one hurting me emotionally and physically. It wasn't until I considered suicide that I started reaching out to my family and friends, realizing quickly that they indeed loved me and wanted the best for me. I'm still trying to leave, but now I have the knowledge and support that has been missing from my life for 10 years.

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