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Do You Gaslight Your Own Chronic Pain Experience?

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One paradox that I have discovered in my nine years living with daily chronic pain is this — despite the fact that I am the person most intimately aware of how severe the pain is, there is also a part of me that minimizes and questions its validity much of the time. “Gaslighting” refers to: psychological manipulation that causes a person to question or doubt their sanity, judgment, experience and memories.

Whenever I read about gaslighting, I think to myself, “wow, that’s so awful.” And yet, in some ways, it’s something I do to myself on a fairly regular basis as a result of balancing on the tightrope of living with chronic pain and trying to interact with the world.

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