This article originally appeared in MindBodyGreen.
You might be familiar with the terms "gaslighting" and "toxic positivity," but if you've ever found yourself invalidating your own emotions in the name of spirituality, you may just be dealing with a lesser-discussed phenomenon: spiritual gaslighting.
Here's what this term is all about, how to spot it, and what to do if you're accidentally spiritually gaslighting yourself or others.
How to spot spiritual gaslighting.
Some common themes within spiritual practices include learning how to work through difficult emotions, honor different perspectives, and show compassion, even to those who've wronged us. But it's important to remember that working through difficult emotions doesn't mean overriding them.