Being Human Podcast - Episode 98: Are You Gaslighting Yourself?

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 98 of the Being Human Podcast: Are You Gaslighting Yourself?

You may be familiar with the term “gaslighting,” which is usually used in referencing what happens in an emotionally abusive relationship. But did you know it’s possible to gaslight yourself? On this week’s episode, Dr. Greg dives into the danger of invalidating our own internal experiences, and offers a way to grow in healthy self-compassion instead.

Discussed in this episode:

  • What is gaslighting? (And where did that term come from?)
  • Internal Family Systems theory as a way to understand how we can gaslight ourselves; 
  • How discrediting the value of our emotions and perspective begins in childhood;
  • The importance of reverencing the beauty of each person’s interior life; 
  • The difference between an emotional response and sinful behavior; 
  • True self-compassion: why it is essential to develop if we are to have true compassion for others;  
  • The way our senses in the present are impacted by experiences in our past; 
  • How different sub-personalities we possess exist for a good reason; 
  • The only way to correct sinful behavior. 

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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.