When I was in nursing school, I had classmates minimize what another said or made others feel inferior or that there thoughts and concerns weren't valid. At the time nursing being a second degree, I thought some of my classmates were petty and needed to grow up. Then I finished school passed boards and started my first job in a city hospital where I ended up resigning after a few months because of the bullying and the toxic environment that I was in.
Fast forward to new job, the environment is better and I do like my coworkers. However I find that nurses continue to minimize and after looking up these behaviors online I found the term "gas lighting". I really want to make friends and I am trying so incredibly hard. I am really a genuinely friendly and talkative person. But once I feel like what I say is being downsized or minimized....Or I'm made to feel that I'm not important enough and that I don't have a right to give an opinion or have a voice. I become quiet and try to avoid people. I'm asking everyone on this site to please explain why is this behavior done to each other? How do I manage it? What do I do? How do I fit in. I'm tryin so freakin hard and its killing me.