“You Should Have Known Better” and Other Toxic Phrases

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Perhaps one of the most innocuous parts of gaslighting are the subtle phrases here and there that diminish emotions and encourage guilt. It’s an easy thing that slips between breaths, in the middle of conversations, at the end visit.

It seems so small, an afterthought, but these little sentences end up causing actual, real harm and hurt.

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Giselle Flores Alvarado

Giselle Flores Alvarado

I’m a Brown student pursing a BA in literary arts and on my way to an MFA in creative writing. I write and read about love, identity, and womanhood.

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