10 Social Media Mind Games

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Social media is a substantial weapon in our arsenal of manipulation. Invariably, our selection of targets and the courting of the same will begin either through social media or if that is not the starting place, we will use social media as a device to aid and progress our seduction of you. From mining your online profiles for the purposes of gathering information about you which we can then use to maximise the prospects of successfully seducing you through to utilising the pervasiveness and flexibility social media affords to maintain our love bombing campaign. At the outset we probably sourced a half a dozen prospects including you, our tendrils reaching out through the electronic highways until we settled on you as our primary source. Once secured, we then allowed the width and depth of social media to expand the blazing glory of the golden period. How exciting was it to wake up and wonder what we had posted to your wall? How exhilarating was it to see our liking of your tweet and the subsequent re-tweet to our own followers? It became addictive, the frequent checking of your various social media profiles to see what delightful comments had been strewn across them by us. Of course, we would never shirk the opportunity to use the power of social media to devalue you and harness it for the purposes of smearing you to all and sundry. There is however a period of time that lies between the seduction and the out and out devaluation. It is a period of uncertainty, confusion and worry. It is hinterland beyond the wonderful golden period and outside of the scathing and savage devaluation. We revel in this ambiguous period since the plausible deniability that accompanies it allows us to plant those seeds of doubt in your mind so that you begin to think that it is you and not us that is the problem. You are forced to over-analyse, speculate and waste countless hours wondering what our intentions are. We have been so loving to you, so surely this behaviour cannot be what you fear it is, a dimming of that desire, a passing of the passion and a limiting of our love for you? No, after all the wonderful things that we have said, especially plastered over social media so many times, these recently odd activities cannot mean we have grown tired of you can they? You do not want to worry but you cannot help but do so because something is not right. You are fearful of mentioning your concerns to us as you do not wish to be seen as insecure but these actions are troubling you. Are you reading something into them that is not there? Are you over-reacting to them? After all, it is not as if we are directly writing something that is hurtful are we? Or are we? It is this uncertainty that serves us well in the provision of fuel. Furthermore, should you challenge us we can brush your concerns to one side with ease which will only serve to increase your apprehension. This tactic then paves the way for us to press forward with our devaluation of you, secure in our knowledge that you are now feeling vulnerable, that you are unsure of what to think at best and at worst you believe you are seeing things which are not there. This period of uncertainty which we cultivate and engender through social media is a purposeful step towards your devaluation. It is calculated to serve us.

Be warned; should you see these signs then understand that your devaluation is on its way and we are merely preparing the ground for the next stage in your ongoing and painful dance with us. Do not seek to find an innocent explanation should you witness these in action. Expect the brush-off from us and to be mocked for being worried, but worry you should. These are clear indicators of our calculated attempt to mess with your mind, using social media, before your devaluation begins. Here are ten ways in which we will do this.

  1. Frequent likes on somebody else’s profile

 

Invariably this will be somebody of the opposite sex who you do not know and have not met. There will not be any comments from us – not yet – but a plethora of likes will appear on that person’s posts from us. Each picture they post will receive a thumbs up, a star or a heart from us, their comments or tweets, no matter how mindless, trivial or banal will have our indicator of approval. Indeed, as you scroll through this person’s output (and we know you will be looking) you will be hard pressed to find any post which does not bear our mark. This person may indeed be in the early stages of our cultivation as your replacement or it just may be a simple triangulation, but either way you ought not to underestimate the impact of those likes.

  1. Removing your tagging of us

This is not a wholesale removal of ourselves from being identified on your Facebook page. We will not request the removal of those photographs including us or of us alone. That is saved until later. Instead there will be one or two removals of the tags so you are left wondering whether it was done by mistake (which of course we will reassure you that it was the case should you actually dare to ask us) or if there is something else behind it. It will one or two removed today, then another couple in a few days’ time and then some more as the trickle becomes a flow. This will engender a sense of apprehension in you which will have you checking your profile to ensure that there have not been any more tag removals. You will be relieved when there have not been and dismayed when more happen but each time the removal is small in number as we deploy our well-honed salami-slicing technique once again. This will keep you in the zone of it being too small to make a fuss about but not insignificant so it preys on your mind.

  1. Block then unblock

It maybe for an hour, possibly half a day but never any longer. This is done to create alarm and consternation as you wonder why this has happened. If you happen to raise it with us we will express surprise and suggest a glitch in the system or it must have happened by accident and re-instate you with a smile and a patronising look. Usually you will sit fretting over it, wondering what it signals. Is it a mistake or is this a sign of something bad? You don’t want to necessarily raise it with us as this may make it seem you are always checking our relevant social media platform and so you endure an hour or so of repeated checking and nervousness until a huge flood of relief when you find you have been unblocked. That sense of relief is overwhelming and is part of tightening our grip on you by giving you a first taste of the roller coaster to come.

  1. Look who’s back

You have noticed that we have recently followed or friended an ex. An alarm bell starts to ring. Why have we done this? This was the ex who was labelled as a stalker and a lunatic, who we warned you about and now we are friends with them on the relevant form of social media. What is that all about? You want to ask but you do not want to appear insecure or suggest you feel threatened, but you are and you are caught between (and this is what all of these machinations seek to do) needing to know and not wanting to show you are actual bothered by this development (because it might be something minor) even when you are. There are no messages between us and the ex, no interaction whatsoever, but who came after who? Did they send a friend request to us or was it the other way round? We both follow one another on Twitter – who initiated it? The questions form and race around your mind.

  1. Message in the night

You awaken and check through the overnight postings on Facebook et al and notice that we were last on-line, according to messenger, 4 hours ago, but that was at 3am. What were we doing up at that time and more to the point, who were we talking to? The reality is we may well have not been talking to anybody but we decided to set the alarm, wake and create the appearance of having been doing something in the expectation that you will notice and subsequently become unnerved and suspicious at this development which then happens for the next few nights running before halting. Do you mention it? What was going on? Can you raise it with us or do you risk being accused of stalking our movements? What’s the matter with you? Do you not trust us or something?

  1. Nostalgia

You notice that we occasionally send messages, post or comment to a particular person along these lines.

“Hi, remember this one (insert YouTube link to song)”

“This was great back in the day wasn’t it (cue picture of an album cover)”

“We should go and see them again like old times (insert picture of link for ticket sales for upcoming concert)”

Who is this person? We have never mentioned them before and you thought you knew about our past. Why are we suggesting doing things with them and evoking old memories? Are we just friends or is there something else going on?

  1. Meme blast

There is a sudden upsurge in postings which contain supposedly deep messages or retweeting the pseudo-philosophical output of a Twitter user about love and relationships. The memes and announcements appear to have our endorsement by reason of our posting them or retweeting them. Such examples would include: –

“I am not alone but I feel so lonely.”

“Don’t worry if you are single, God is looking at you right now saying I am saving you for someone special.”

“Trust is like a paper, once it is crumpled it cannot be perfect again.”

You’ve seen many of these cluttering up timelines before but why have we started sharing them? Are we directing them at you or someone else? Have you done something wrong? What has brought this on?

  1. Missing in Action

There was a time when you would always enjoy the fact that after each time we did something together there would be reference to it on social media. We would check in at a particular restaurant and tag you as being there with us. We would make reference to the weather being particularly delightful at some picturesque location and make mention of you. Later on you would look back at this pleasant reminders of a special time together and also, admit it, you wanted the world to know about it too. All of a sudden we go out together but there is nothing posted. It happens again. Even worse when you make mention of it, you notice it does not appear on our timeline as we have changed our settings so that it has to be approved by us first before being seen by other people. Why have we done this? Do we not want people to know about you? Are we ashamed of you all of a sudden? Are we hiding you from someone else?

  1. We didn’t mention it

You spoke to us earlier and we explained we were having a quiet night in watching a film. Browsing through social media you see Instagram pictures of us enjoying a night on the tiles. We never mentioned that earlier. Perhaps we changed our minds? Maybe we got a last minute invitation? What if it was planned and we chose not to mention it? Surely we didn’t forget about it? Perhaps we didn’t want you to know, but if that was the case why are we plastering the night out all over social media? By the time this happens a third and fourth time your suspicions are causing you considerable concern.

  1. Misinformation

We post a comment or reply to a tweet you have directed to us with something that does not make sense. It does not follow in respect of what you have written. This non-sequitur has you puzzled. Why did we do that? Then it dawns on you. It must have been meant for someone else. The content of the message will hint at something which could be of concern – “ha ha yes it was brilliant” – what was brilliant? Did we spend the night with someone else? Did we go somewhere with somebody? Who was it? Then again, it might be innocent. Perhaps it refers to the recent football match we went to with our friends or perhaps something we watched on television, but it has unsettled you. Of course there was no message meant for anyone else, we just posted this comment or reply to make you think that it was meant for someone else in order to increase your paranoia.

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36 thoughts on “10 Social Media Mind Games”

  1. Ahhh, the relief I feel for being social media free.
    My goodness, the games you narcs play.
    I could never understand the time and dedication put forth to these things…
    But hey, if it tiddles your fiddle, I won’t knock it.
    I laughed so hard at the meme:
    “Don’t worry if you are single, God is looking at you right now saying I am saving you for someone special.”
    — this message is brought to you by a married man with 2 side pieces who is looking for more appliances to collect.

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  2. I was not the least bit interesting in these petty games. At the time I thought they were odd. When I started to see the pattern I got off of FB. Looking back that pissed him off. Then he tried to get me on google plus. That lasted a month. He tried to block me. I deleted my account. In the end I blocked every one of his games and now he has no way to reach me. Every single email was deleted the day I set him up and went no contact. He burned his own bridge with his tactics. I am guessing he is in the fetal position stroking his electric guitar.

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  3. All of them. He deleted me as a friend, and when Iasked as to why, he said that Facebook does that sometimes, and he’ll add me back! He never did, and I still stayed with him! Don’t judge me, I know. I deleted my facebook account anyway, so he doesn’t know what I do, and atleast the paranoia is lessening. Thankfully.

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    1. Very good that is strategic for person with nervous system problems, plus it happens ed to me he blocked me but never unblocked me dunnno why… strange it doesn’t coherent with his psychopath sociopath psycopath problem

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  4. This is so true. Makes me think of the news stories I’ve read over time about people becoming “addicted” to Social Media. Maybe all those news articles are wrong …
    Could it be that people aren’t addicted to Social Media, per say – they’re addicted to the Narcissists preying on them on Social Media?

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  5. And I don’t just have the one account on Facebook…I mean, there’s the one you know about, and then THERE’S THE ONE I WILL USE TO STALK YOUR PAGE AFTER WE SPLIT UP & SEE WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT ME.

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  6. How about leaving a text on your messenger that makes no sense. Making it look like it was meant for someone elses messenger page.

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  7. Screen shots are another. They like to screen shot pics of things for you but forget to clear the icons up top. You see their other messengers like kik etc

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    1. Oh my goodness Adele. Yes screenshots of everything! Even screenshots of people calling. Very strange. Never understood it.

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      1. We used paper cups with string connecting them, pigeons and smoke signals. Have you ever been love bombed through smoke signals Love? What a joy to behold.

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      2. Lol so true Mr. Tudor. So true. I’ve been love bombed through everything… Rocks thrown at my window. (Even when it was open lol). Yes, I remember. Ah the simpler times.

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      3. Total mind games meant to make us feel insecure. It amazes me how narcs project the very feelings they have unto their partners. If you pay attention theres usually a pattern. Either theyre bothered about something or theyre not getting the supply they want. Thats when these games start to crop up. Also boredom your supply always has to be changing and notched up. No wonder why its so exhausting

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      4. Before technology… we discussed this as hes 16 yrs older. He loves loves loves the internet and his supply was very limited before. He used to call up sex lines but was disatisfied. He said one time the lady he was supposed to be having phone sex with was doing her nails lol!!!
        They love the internet it caters to their constant hunger.

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      5. Theres something about an older man that ive always been drawn to. You cant generalize by age but i have found older men very charming and attentive. They have something a lot of my generation dont. I think in my situation it stems deeper tho and not just the age factor

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      6. So true, Adele… I believed that older men were wiser… that’s what made them interesting… it was a huge part of the attraction with my narc…

        Someone who has seen a lot, experienced a lot… who knows what matters in life… who knows himself and what he wants in life, emanating this magical sense of calm, a silent gentleness… who would inspire me to think deeper… who would challenge me, but in a good way… who I could learn from and vice versa…

        I realised that age has nothing to do with emotional maturity, some are 50 years old yet still toddlers…

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  8. Hi Cara, even though Facebook says you can’t see who’s stalking you, I believe there is a way: seeing what names show up as possilble friends. Once either of you have looked at the other, your name will show up as Possible Friend. From there, couldn’t he find your IP address? Does anyone know for sure if this is possible: to find ip address? And if this is possible without messaging the person.

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  9. hi HG
    this all sounds like gaslighting. i have a question about it:

    are npds aware when they are gaslighting, or is it all carried out unconsciously? i nean is it premeditated or does it just happen automatically and you don’t realize that’s what you’ve done until you analyze your behavior later. i have to say that you seem like you’re quite self-aware and have insight about your behavior. i think that is kind of unusual for personality disordered individuals. i am loving your blog because you seem honest and sincere with the things you are saying.

    i have a person that i interact with on a daily basis who is oblivious to his behaviors. he states “i don’t play games !(and he believes this when he says it), but all he does is play games! constantly! its as if he doesn’t even realize he’s doing it. OK, he’s oblivious to that fact.

    thank you for this blog, really good conversations here about important relationship stuff. also communication stuff as well. i think half of the problems revolve around miscommunication.

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    1. Hello Bowersusan, thank you for your kind comments. The gas lighting (like many of our manipulations) happen instinctively when applied by the Lesser. There is a little calculation but mostly instinct from the Mid-Range and the Greater is a more even mixture of the two. Lesser and Mid-Range are oblivious to their behaviours and they make up the bulk of our kind. The number of Greaters is much lower, hence why there is so little shared from our perspective.

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  10. So, you’d interrupt your sleep to doctor some activity online just to plant the seed of doubt in her mind, in order to watch her facial expression of uneasiness at the breakfast table? I find that rather astonishing! I wonder how much actual TIME you have wasted in your life so far on games like that!

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    1. That thought of time wasted stuck to my mind, so, I made a rule-of-thumb estimate:

      Internet must have been available to the masses by 1997, alongside the Nokia Communicator, which I consider to be the first ‘smart phone’. If you spend an average of 20mins prior to work, 10mins here, 5mins there, 20mins at lunch, 10mins after work, 2 hours until bedtime, that makes an average of online/phone activity of 3 hours per day. These days, it is considerably more, of course, but let’s be conservative in our estimates, considering that we are talking about roughly 20 years here. Also, let’s assume a few days per month were off days (illness, no signal etc.) as well. This gives us a total of about 1,5 years in 20! How many books you could have read in that time!! 😀

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  11. Block
    Unblock
    Block
    Unblock
    Block
    Unblock

    Why, God?!!!

    Is it because i would leave a nasty text telling him to rot in hell for being so affectionate with me last week, but standing me up without notice this week?

    Is it because i would ask too many questions about his new ‘friend’ which he didn’t want to answer, and then we would get into an argument over text?

    Is it because he would get so frustrated and want to smash his cell phone into pieces?

    Why?!?!😓😓😓

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  12. HG..What happens If you as a victim of a narc decide to gaslight him? Expose him open on his,let’s say facebook for an exampel after he discard you? And really trash him down and let all now how he really Is? How will he react? I know during discard phase the narcs motions Is all about hate. But he must be feeling something? I did a new facebook account and as usual he blocked me 🙁 I would blocked to. I was really bad to him 😟 But In someway It felt good…So much I wanted to let him know and everybody else to..Stupid yes HG, I know but I had enough of supressed emotions.

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  13. Thank you.
    At most times he is so introverted and humble. I guess the fury is lurking just beneath the surface. Is it this fury that is being masked? Is it this fury that is the creature? The creature is so abstract to me i cannot fully understand it. I am patiently awaiting your book titled ‘The Creature.’ I loved the book ‘Fury.’

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    1. You are welcome.

      Yes it is. Yes it is being masked.
      No the fury is not the creature.
      The books of the same name will make things clearer for you PTSD.
      I am pleased you enjoyed Fury, thank you.

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  14. oh mr tudor…. i love it when you vindicate me!!

    i’m aware that the crazy-making machinations have indeed managed to make me crazy, and even something as insignificant as noticing the lack of interest in any thing i were to post on fb, yet liking absolutely everything someone else puts, (even when utterly irrelevant to him or his interests) was indeed a valid concern for me. he tends to ‘like’ bomb a particular individual’s (attractive, obviously) profile, for a while, then i notice he gradually gives up on them and moves on to someone else’s, mostly people that i have met too (through connections made due to the fact he’s in a band and they have seen/become followers/friends of the band), or ‘exes’ that are still friends.

    i reckon he probably moves on because the bit of ‘thought fuel’ he got from imagining that they are appreciative of this attention wanes when he realises they probably don’t even notice, get’s nothing out of it, so tries elsewhere….lol.

    anyway…. during a tough time for me (i’m in a weird post-discard, we’re in the same house, and i never know which mood i’m going to get), this has actually made me smirk, and bolstered my self esteem somewhat to know i wasn’t just crazy and overthinking after all.

    gratitudes to the master tutor as ever 😉

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