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RE: "Personal Trolls": What motivates these guys?
The Psychiatric Times has an article by Drs. Mullen and Pahty which catagorizes stalkers into five separate motivations:
REJECTED: The rejected respond to an unwelcome end to a close relationship by actions intended to lead to reconciliation, an extraction of reparation from the victim or both. For the stalker, the behavior maintains some semblance of continued contact and relationship with the victim.
INTIMACY SEEKERS: Intimacy Seekers pursue someone they have little, if any, relationship with, in the mistaken belief that they are loved, or inevitably will be loved, by the victim. The stalking satisfies needs for contact and closeness while feeding fantasies of an eventual loving relationship.
INCOMPETENT: The Incompetent are would-be suitors seeking a partner. Given thier ignorance or indifference to the usual courting rituals, they use methods that are, at best, counterproductive and, at worst, terrifying. The stalking provides an approximation of finding a partner.
RESENTMENT: The resentful respond to a perceived insult or injury by actions aimed not just at revenge but at vindication. The stalking is the act of vengeance.
PREDATOR: The Predatory pursue thier desires for sexual gratification and control. The stalking is a rehearsal for the salker's violent sexual fantasies and a partial satisfaction of voyeuristic and sadistic desires.
The article goes on to conclude that the rejected use the widest range of behaviors, such as following,repeatedly approaching, telephoning, letter-writing and leaving notes. In contrast, the prdatory stalkers concentrate almost exclusively on furtively following and maintaining surveillance. Intimacy seekers are the letter-writers and gift givers. Duration is the longest with the Rejected and Intimacy Seekers and the shortest in the predatory. Psychotic subjects are most likely to send unsolicited materials, and the nonpsychotic to follow and maintain surveillance.
The psychotic and nonpsychotic are equally likely to threaten, but the nonpsychotic are twice as likely to proceed to assault. The rejected are the most likely type to assault and the resentful, although often issuing threats, are the least likely to resort to overt acts of violence.
The report goes on and is fairly interesting. I'll post a link if there is interest. Ultimately, it appears that the practice of posting on a forum, mirrors the behaviors of some of the stalker types. That is not to say that we are stalkers, rather that stalker types will feel at home here. Also, the report seemed to suggest that there can exist multiple stalker types within the same person.
As much as any other factor, the nature of political discussion is one of passion occasionally. In an environment such as this, it is unavoidable that some will take the insults personally.
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