A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not “Crazy”

Excellent post on Gaslighting!



“You’re so sensitive. You’re so emotional. You’re defensive. You’re overreacting. Calm down. Relax. Stop freaking out! You’re crazy! I was just joking, don’t you have a sense of humor? You’re so dramatic. Just get over it already! Sound familiar?”

“When your spouse shows up half an hour late to dinner without calling — that’s inconsiderate behavior. A remark intended to shut you down like, ‘Calm down, you’re overreacting,’ after you just addressed someone else’s bad behavior, is emotional manipulation, pure and simple.”

“Gaslighting is a term often used by mental health professionals (I am not one) to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy.”


Ali, Y. (2011, September). A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not “Crazy”. Retrieved August 3, 2015, from http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/958859