Being gaslighted is part and parcel of dealing with bullies and toxic individuals. Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that forces the target to second-guess their own reality.
Scapegoating, when it comes to workplace bullies and toxic people is when an individual or group is targeted for “unmerited negative treatment or blame”. A person designated as a scapegoat could also be called, “a whipping boy”, or “fall guy”.
I’m not a professional, but I have a lifetime of experience being a target for bullies and toxic people. I was born to toxic, abusive parents. I learned to keep my head down and take the crap that people gave me, as if it were a gift. It is only in the last six years or so that I began learn how to recognize and deal with these negative individuals, but I feel it is important for me to share my experiences with what works (and what doesn’t) in handling them.
On this site, I will soon begin sharing my experiences with a toxic workplace and offer advice, based on my own practices, on how to stick it out, if you can’t leave, right away. So watch this space, as I hope to make it a permanent feature.