Anyone else remember that 90s movie where Sinbad played a genie? I remember he had this earring in. It was like a thick gold hoop. And he wore the genie style/Hammer pants. You guys remember it, right? I want you to think about your memories of this movie. Are they vivid memories?
The movie doesn’t exist. What, what? Go ahead, Google it. I’ll wait.
Satisfied? If this is the first you’re hearing of this, I apologize. I seriously feel like an asshole destroying your memories. You’re questioning yourself right now, aren’t you? You’re questioning your own memories. You vividly remember this movie, or at least Sinbad dressed up as a genie. 2016 is just trying to Rick Roll us, right? That’s gotta be it. What’s really happening is something called the Mandela Effect. The name stems back to when everyone was sure Nelson Mandela had died in prison in the 80s. Spoiler alert, he actually died a free man in 2013. He was at home and surrounded by his family.
Now that you know your memories are fake you’re struggling with them. You’re scratching your head wondering what you mixed up and why you think this is what you remember. Are you confused yet? Are you questioning your every memory?
Now, imagine this happening with real memories. Things that actually did, in fact, happen in your life. You specifically remember telling your partner that you had to work late tonight. You even remember his response of “Well that sucks. Try and get home early.” But, he’s telling you, very adamantly, that you never told him and that you’re a lying liar who lies. Imagine struggling with something that simple, something that just happened 2 days prior, as you did earlier with your Sinbad memories. That, my friends, is what gaslighting feels like.