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Monday, August 13, 2018

If You’ve Had A Paranormal or Cryptid Encounter, You Need To Read This!
Paranormal Gaslighting And How To Deal With It
By Dorraine Fisher

When people come to me with their paranormal experiences, I always try to keep an open mind when listening to their stories no matter how strange they sound. And this article will illustrate a big reason why. Many people (or maybe all people) who’ve had paranormal experiences and opted to share them with others, have suffered from a thing called gaslighting at one time or another. And the reason I say they’ve suffered from it is because it’s a form of abuse from others who’ve chosen not to believe such things could possibly happen. But what is gaslighting?
Gaslighting is the “clinical” term used by mental health professionals and others to describe the state in which one person manipulates another into believing they didn’t see or experience what they know they did. The manipulator challenges what the witness claims to have seen, leaving the witness in serious doubt of him or herself. This can also leave the witnesses doubting their own mental faculties. The phrase “gaslighting” was coined back in the 1940’s when a very famous Ingmar Bergman filmed debuted named Gaslight, about a man who systematically manipulates his wife into thinking she’s going insane. The husband, while searching for jewels in the attic adjusts the illumination of the gaslights in the attic in order to see better. His wife suspects something as she accurately notices the changes in the lights. Her husband vehemently denies the lights have changed, and this, along with other manipulations leads the woman to believe she might slowly be going mad. And this term has been used for this kind of manipulation ever since. And here’s what it does to the victim in the long term.

Those people who’ve suffered from the abuse of gaslighting can inadvertently become addicted to the need for certainty in their now uncertain world. They need proof of everything and they’ll be driven to find that proof, sometimes to the point of obsession. It may very well be the driving force of many paranormal and cryptid researchers in the field that are so bent on proving they really did witness the strange phenomena that they did, so that they may prove once and for all to everyone that what they saw was real.

But is gaslighting really abuse?

It’s a very real form of verbal abuse. Any time a person (who’s not had that experience) causes another person to question their own sanity, to doubt their own experiences, or to question who they are as a person to their own detriment, that’s a form of verbal abuse. Plain and simple.

What’s worse, in the paranormal world, many people come away from a paranormal or cryptid encounter with a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, due to the sometimes terrifying nature of their encounters. Then, on top of that, they suffer from the gaslighting abuse from skeptics who want to tell them that they didn’t really see what they know they saw. These witnesses can suffer from horrible mental disturbances that often don’t get diagnosed or helped because they are now driven to prove what they saw and to prove they’re not crazy. And in the vicious cycle of abuse, they now believe that getting help is the same thing as proving that they’re crazy after all. So they often suffer in silence.

And make no mistake about it, skeptics are a necessary thing in the paranormal and cryptid communities. They keep the conversation airing on the side of reason. But what skeptics absolutely shouldn’t do is engage in the abusive behavior of making a person question their sanity about what they saw. Yes, there are cases of mistaken identity. But there are still many mysteries in this world yet to be discovered. And it’s blatantly arrogant to say something doesn’t exist when you can’t really know for sure.

So, to the witnesses of something that’s not supposed to exist, I would say this:

You saw something. And it was real. The picture of it you’ll forever hold in your mind is there for a reason. This had an impact on you for a reason. And that reason is because it was real. Opt to allow the skeptics to hold on to their alternative truths. That’s their right. But they also weren’t there. They didn’t see it. They can never understand the truth you hold. If you write it all down the way it happened, and you stay clear on the details, it will always be as real as the day it happened. And someday, when the whole truth is revealed to the world, you will have been one of the trailblazers.

Understand the world of the gaslighter. They have their own issues with which to deal. They might just be afraid to imagine that such things exist. But you? You’re brave enough to deal with it. And your reality is your reality. Don’t let gaslighters take that away. In a world full of infinite possibilities where science is being forced to rethink itself every day, there are far too many doubters out there already. Freethinkers like you are much needed in this world. Stand in your truth and don’t let gaslighters win.


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

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