interesting tidbit OTD - 1370°C
Apr. 12th, 2005
01:43 am - interesting tidbit OTD
False victims, as they are sometimes known, use a variety of situations to attract attention to themselves. In some cases they may harass their own family and friends in order to fabricate false evidence or witness reports. This type of stalker firmly believes that he or she is the real victim.
In a sense there is a victim - the perpetrator. Why victimize yourself? Perhaps the person noticed how kind and considerate others were to them, when they presented themselves as a victim some time in the past. In short - the perpetrator/victim takes immense pleasure from being cared for and being the center of attention. One very common trait of this type of stalker is to file false police report(s) against the "real stalking victim."
These stalkers are frequently delusional and irrational. When presented with the facts, this type of stalker will rationalize and manipulate everything she can and ignore even a direct question, in order to preserve her fantasy of being the victim. She will initiate conflicts and then twist them in her favor in an attempt to gain positive attention for herself. She feels very inferior to the victim whom she admires greatly, although she will rarely admit this to be true. In reality, this kind of stalker suffers from a severe lack of self-esteem.
This form of stalker, believing herself to be inferior, wronged or rejected by the ones they admire the most, begin harassing, following the victim, spreading tales, keeping tabs, and in many instances plot revenge. The primary motive is to bring the victim down by any means she can.
Another trait that is showing up more and more in this type of stalking is Munchhausen (munch-how-zen) syndrome or in layman terms "The Munch Bunch." This is the name given to patients who fake illness or obtain hospital treatment in order to get sympathy from family, friends, and most often the actual victim's attention. These individuals are a considerable waste of medical resources. Hospitals will often hold a file on these people in an attempt to recognize them before they are unwittingly admitted for unnecessary treatment. The major problem is that they skip from hospital to hospital and doctor to doctor.
Time after time you'll hear a victim say, "The hospital called, she attempted suicide or she's having a heart attack because I wouldn't meet with her." Far too often these individuals know how to "fake" illnesses or even go to the point of attempted suicide but knowing just how far to go before it becomes life threatening. All to get attention!