Five reasons I'm pretty sure my coworker Justin is gaslighting me


  1. He left a poorly written, self-deprecating note on my desk, then he told our coworkers I wrote it but probably don't remember because I have a gas leak at home. The note is pictured above. I keep it as a reminder that some people can't be trusted.
  2. One day I asked Justin to bring me a water from the kitchen. He said that would be difficult since he doesn't have knee-caps. I laughed this off as a weird joke, but later in the day he walked past me with his legs perfectly straight. It appeared as if he didn't have knee-caps. I don't know what's real anymore.
  3. Sometimes when I see Justin he'll say "hello" or "good morning" but he'll also raise his fists defensively as if we're boxing. This throws me off. One day I told him not to raise his fists and he said he didn't know what I was talking about. I suspect he did know.
  4. One day our manager tried to tell me something from across the room. I said, "I can't hear you from here." Justin turned to me and said, "You're standing right next to him." I wasn't standing right next to him, Justin. I was sitting next to you. Why did you say that?
  5. More and more I find myself saying to Justin, "you won't get away with this" and "you might be fooling all of them, but you're not fooling me". Why would I say these things to Justin if he weren't up to something terrible? I'm going to go with my gut on this one.

Nothing about this list should suggest that Justin is anything but a wonderful person. He's a talented engineer and a good friend. Yet I'm confident that in many of our interactions, he is trying to convince me that I'm crazy. One day I'll prove this, Justin. You're not fooling me.