How Gaslighting Is Abuse That Stays with You Like a Terrifying Hurricane

(Content Warning: Abuse)

“It’s not so bad.”

Have you ever experienced gaslighting? It’s an abuse tactic that makes you doubt your own memory and perceptions.

In this chilling performance from the 2015 National Poetry Slam, Tatyana Brown captures how the impact of gaslighting can stick with you for a long time.

With lines like “You find yourself apologizing to a voice no one else can hear,” her heartbeaking words compare holding the trauma of gaslighting to living in an apartment flooded by a hurricane – while someone tells you “there is no storm.”

Nobody should have to live this way – and if you’ve suffered through this, we hope this reminds you that you’re not alone.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Tatyana Brown is a poet, performer, and educator. She is the founding Captain of The Lit Slam, a San Francisco-based, live-audience-curated literary journal–the only show/publication of its kind in existence–and she ranked 4th in the world of competitive performance poetry at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. Check out more of her work on her website.

Video courtesy of Button Poetry. For more amazing spoken word performances, check them out on YouTube and Facebook.