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The Love Fix

Oct 28, 2022

This week starts with some hydration motivation from Carla, and she and Sherry take a Love Fix question from a listener who worries that she and her partner may not have enough in common to make things last. They then welcome Dr. George Simon, internationally known expert on narcissists, manipulators, and other troublesome characters. He is the first to describe what is now commonly called the gaslighting effect, along with authoring five best selling books. Dr. Simon’s work has been published in over 25 countries and languages. He talks with Sherry and Carla about what exactly the gaslighting effect is, therapy induced trauma, and why there are so many relationship issues today. 


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Today’s episode is sponsored by Carla’s book Contagious Love: Break Free from Codependency for Damn Good and Sherry’s book Love Smacked: How To Stop the Cycle of Relationship Addiction and Codependency To Find Everlasting Love.


Thanks to Contagious Love and Love Smacked for sponsoring this episode.


What You’ll Hear In This Episode:

  • Dr. Simon was one of the original researchers around what gaslighting was, and created the gaslighting effect into psychological definition. 
  • What does it mean to gaslight someone, and what is the gaslighting effect? 
  • How does modern society get the terms wrong and conflate them for something else? 
  • The importance of working with a professional when dealing with a gaslighter or narcissist. 
  • Do some people just want to drive you crazy for the sake of making you crazy? Yes. 
  • Does one have to be codependent to be gaslit? 
  • Gaslighting can occur in various different ways and different degrees of intensity, and it can also be a separate tactic. 
  • What is therapy induced trauma? 
  • Check out Dr. Simon’s new book Essentials for The Journey which he calls his life’s work, along with how to work with Sherry and Carla on overcoming codependency, dating, break-ups, healing from toxic relationships, and gaining confidence.
  • An easy way to remember a fact about narcissists: it's not that they're not aware. The problem is, they don't care.
  • How do we waste time on narcissists and gaslighters? 


Disclaimer: The Love Fix Podcast content has been made available for informational, entertainment, and educational purposes only. The Love Fix Podcast is distinctly different from coaching, counseling, psychotherapy, or psychoanalysis and does not deal with the diagnosis or treatment of emotional problems. The Love Fix podcast does not constitute medical consultation or treatment, health insurance does not apply.