ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5


Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. It's when someone tells lies, makes false accusations, and tries to manipulate you into questioning your own opinions, memories, and feelings. It's like when someone turns the light switch on and off to confuse or deceive you—like in the movie "Gaslight." The idea is to make you think you're going crazy and that you can't trust your own thoughts. The person doing the gaslighting usually does it to have control over you and to make you feel like you're not important and that you can't trust yourself.