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Publisher's Summary

Are You Being Gaslighted? 

Check for these telltale signs: 

  • You constantly second-guess yourself. 
  • You wonder, "Am I being too sensitive?" a dozen times a day. 
  • You wonder frequently if you are a "good enough" girlfriend/wife/employee/friend/daughter. 
  • You have trouble making simple decisions. 
  • You think twice before bringing up innocent topics of conversation. 
  • You frequently make excuses for your partner's behavior to friends and family. 
  • Before your partner comes home from work, you run through a checklist in your head to anticipate anything you might have done wrong that day. 
  • You buy clothes for yourself, furnishings for your apartment, or other personal purchases thinking about what your partner would like instead of what would make you feel great. 
  • You actually start to enjoy the constant criticism, because you think, "What doesn't kill me will make me stronger." 
  • You start speaking to your husband through his secretary so you don't have to tell him things you're afraid might upset him. 
  • You start lying to avoid the put-downs and reality twists. 
  • You feel as though you can't do anything right. 
  • You frequently wonder if you're good enough for your lover. 
  • Your kids start trying to protect you from being humiliated by your partner. 
  • You feel hopeless and joyless. 

Your husband crosses the line in his flirtations with another woman at a dinner party. When you confront him, he asks you to stop being insecure and controlling. After a long argument, you apologize for giving him a hard time. 

Your boss backed you on a project when you met privately in his office, and you went full steam ahead. But at a large gathering of staff - including yours - he suddenly changes his tune and publicly criticizes your poor judgment. When you tell him your concerns for how this will affect your authority, he tells you that the project was ill-conceived and you'll have to be more careful in the future. You begin to question your competence. 

Your mother belittles your clothes, your job, your friends, and your boyfriend. But instead of fighting back as your friends encourage you to do, you tell them that your mother is often right and that a mature person should be able to take a little criticism. 

If you think things like this can't happen to you, think again. Gaslighting is when someone wants you to do what you know you shouldn't and to believe the unbelievable. It can happen to you and it probably already has. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2007 Dr. Robin Stern (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Compassionate and honest in equal parts, The Gaslight Effect is like a sturdy, truth-telling friend in difficult times. Robin Stern will show you you're not alone in your toxic relationship, and she'll also help you identify your role and how to change - and be a stronger, wiser person as a result." (Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of Odd Girl Out)
"An essential survival tool. In a clear, comforting, and sophisticated voice, therapist Robin Stern takes her psychologically abused readers on a step-by-step journey that will help them take control of their lives and their destinies." (Phyllis Chesler, PhD, author of Woman's Inhumanity To Woman)

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Tough topic but important

This is so prevalent but important to read. It isn't the most enjoyable book but one to read for great awareness.

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  • Jk
  • 03-28-18

Political stuff... really?

I didn’t get this book to listen about the “gaslighting” of the Trump administration. Just irritated me.

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The Gaslight Book it self is Gaslighting.

Who ever written the book, was angry with people they have came across in there life.
I was looking for a little more Spirit in the book.
I really would like my money back.

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EXCEPTIONAL MASTERPIECE!!!!!

This book is EXACTLY what I've been searching for! This is a must read! AMAZING!

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excellent!

This book is helpful! it made me understand alot of thing's I've never understood before and opened my eye's up to new possibilities.

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No stars - authors view lacks balance and scientific foundation

I was able to tolerate about half of this. The opinions presented lack a requisite broader view of relationship and human dynamics, the role of shared value systems, the importance of compromise in relationships, an overall understanding of equity and balance in relationships with complete disregard and / or ignorance of the concept of invalidation. It is my opinion that the author should avoid politics completely and seek a more neutral approach.

I fail to understand how this material is in any way new but rather, a poor attempt at conflating liberal philosophy with a pseudo-scientific, surface understanding of gas lighting and narcissism to support an unbalanced approach to relationships.

If you believe you’re dealing with a “gas-lighter”, I would suggest spending your money and time on material dealing with narcissistic behavior and how to address.

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Educational

I found it very educational right on and a great book ! For all to read

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Life changing

This book should be read more than once to get its benefits in full. It is definitely life changing and a blessing. The author is gentle, compassionate, and aware of the urgency and emotions tied into this most important topic. She does not disappoint. Thank you!

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Horrible

I wish I had not wasted my free book on this one. I have suspected ‘gaslighting’ by someone for a while; however, this book only lumped every relationship issue into the same term. If I believed this book then everyone is gaslighting me! And I’m gaslighting them! Of course, during life people will occasionally manipulate others to get the what they want. This book makes no sense and any truly intellectual person will realize this from the beginning. I am 3,chapters in and it irritates me that most examples are about men being abusive to women. The authors ex-husband must have done a number on her! I believe that gaslighting is a very specific form of manipulation that makes someone feel they are going crazy/insane/unreliable. This book lumps all abuse, emotional, physical into one category.

As stated before, I really wish that I had not wasted a free book on this one. Blah!

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Author has a political agenda!

Dr. Robert Stern should have not politicized his book. It makes me think that he himself is guilty of gaslighting. The biggest example of gaslighting is the majority of our media. This was a huge disappointment for me.

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  • 04-20-18

A guiding light in the darkness confusion caused by gaslighting

This book is essential reading for anyone who has been, or is, in an emotionally abusive relationship. In fact it would be helpful for anyone to read as anyone can be sucked into a psychologically abusive relationship as they start so subtly you don’t realise it’s happening until it’s too late. But this book makes sense of it all - how it happens and what to do about it!
Thank you for writing this book.

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