The Paranoia of Character Assassination



The character assassination. Close cousin of the smear campaign. Built on a foundation of lies also, hurtful and effective. The smear campaign is outward facing namely it is aimed at third parties in order to affect their way of thinking. A character assassination is directed to and at you. There are three ways of assassinating your character. The first is to say things to you which are unpleasant, demeaning and hateful which accordingly dent and wound your sense of well-being. The second is to do things to you which are denigrating, disrespectful and nasty which cause your sense of self-worth to be eroded, for instance failing to make you something to eat (so as to treat you as non-existent) or to make you engage in some sexual practice you find distasteful (thus causing you to cheapen yourself). Those two methods are obvious and directed. The third method is a particularly insidious and troubling way of affecting your character. We tell you that other people think badly of you, do not like and are saying things about you. They are not of course. We avoid or reduce any risk of you finding this out by saying to you.

“There’s no point asking them of course, they are bound to deny it, but trust me, I have heard them. They didn’t think I could hear.”

Furthermore, whilst increasing your paranoia and making you feel bad, we also seize the opportunity to heighten our own virtue with you by stating,

“Of course I don’t think that of you, but I thought it was only right to let you know what is being said about you.”

Naturally we do think this of you because this falsehood is being generated by us. Accordingly, we are able to avoid any blame ourselves (a key aim of ours) whilst landing several blows against you caused by fictitious remarks from other people and drawing fuel from your confused and upset reaction. There are five methods by which we create a perceived pressure generated by other people against you, as part of this character assassination by proxy.


  1. Everybody says….

Everybody is talking about you. They are all saying it. That must feel terrible to be the talk of the neighbourhood, the subject of village gossip and the focus of wagging tongues. Just think when you are walking to the corner shop those two neighbours stood on the lawn will smile and wave a cheery hello to you but as soon as you are past they will be talking about you. Yes, everybody says it about you. They will be talking on the telephone about you, gossiping in living rooms and exchanging views in that corner shop so they fall silent as you arrive and resume their conversation once you have left. Oh I know that they will appear pleasant and engaging as ever but believe me this is how two-faced they are about you. I have picked up on this. I have overheard the comments and some have even been mentioned to me. No, I won’t say by who, there is no need. Of course I defended you against what they said. It wasn’t pleasant at all but then being thought of as the local bike, the slut, the whore and harridan isn’t nice is it, but that is what everyone is saying about you.

  1. They all think…

It is a collective perception of you that has gained traction out there. A body of opinion that is being expressed and shared by many people. They think it at your gym, the think it at choir practice, they think it at the school and the supermarket and the garage. How do I know? Well, let’s just say that fortunately for you I have people who keep an eye out and a listen in for your benefit. No, there’s no need to thank me, I do it to look after you, naturally, but my small network of guardians, if you will, report things back to me from time to time and they have been telling me that they all think you have a problem with your temper. Yes, you have a reputation for being a bit of a volcano, one wrong comment and boom! Off you go. To be honest, I had my suspicions about them thinking this of you even before my network of guardians told me. It is the way they look at you. You probably haven’t picked up on it but there is an apprehension in their eyes, a nervousness in their speech and I saw it as it told me what they were really thinking, that they were afraid you were going to explode and lash out at them. I have seen it many times and I know what they are all thinking about you.

  1. You do know what opinion they have of you don’t you?

It is not a high opinion I am afraid. I don’t know where it comes from to be honest, I mean, after all, it is not as if they are really in a position to judge is it, but I guess some people forget about that when they are jealous. Yes, that is what is behind their nasty opinions. They take the view that you are a gold-digger, a mercenary who is only after one thing, my money. It is inevitable that they will form this view of course. I am successful, earning well and we have this beautiful house, two cars, frequent holidays and no concerns about our bills. I suppose they must look on enviously at the fact that you don’t work and you spend a lot of time shopping. Every time you pull up on the drive and exit the car with those bags from the boutiques it is no doubt upsetting them. You cannot help the fact you were lucky enough to get with me. I guess it really sticks in their craw the fact that you came from a, well how might I put this, a less well-off background and now here you are living a gilded lifestyle. I suppose they have this opinion of you because they think that you should not belong here. It is just jealousy and I have seen it before with people like this so I know what to look out for. You may just want to keep that in mind when you next deal with them, if you decide to do so at all anymore.

  1. They won’t be impressed with that.

I mean I put up with it because well we are together aren’t we and that is the nature of a relationship isn’t it, but I know from the way our families think and our friends that they will not be impressed with your behaviour. You didn’t think there was anything wrong with it? Well, no, but I suppose they will say that you are bound to say that aren’t you? They expect high standards I suppose. You have made a rod for your own back in that regard but doing something like that will not have impressed all these people. Oh I am sure they will soon get over it but I thought it only fair to tell you how they will view your behaviour. I can see it troubles you and that’s right because you are reflective in that regard but perhaps you need to think first before you do such things in the future. In fact, it would probably be for the best if you don’t go to those events any more yes? Indeed, I would suggest you keep a low-profile for a while in respect of people as whole and you would be better served by staying at home and keeping out of their line of sight. That way they might just forget about your unimpressive behaviour and you can move on. Don’t worry, you have always got me of course.

  1. It’s not just me that thinks….

I am only telling you this for your own good because I care about you but you do need to do something about your drinking. Look, I am reasonably relaxed about it, I know how hard you work and you like to unwind with a few glasses of wine. I get it but I am just worried about your health. You are often rather grumpy the next morning as well, you know short-tempered and you’ve been snapping at people, short with them. I know you don’t think you are but trust me, it is not just me that thinks it is causing a problem. A few people have remarked to me about it as well. Nothing major but we don’t want it to get out of hand do we? That’s how you get a reputation after all and you don’t want that do you. It is beyond just a concern though. I think it as well, but as I say I am looking at it more from a health point of view, I know others are concerned about how you are behaving with other people, including a couple of your colleagues so you need to think on because you know what can happen when people start to think things about you, it somehow becomes hard fact and that becomes very difficult to change.

The character assassination by proxy also serves a further purpose. It causes you to cling tighter to us. It is a horrible and uncertain world out there. People you thought liked you are showing that they do not. We are your only friend so you had better do what we want in order to keep us.

12 thoughts on “The Paranoia of Character Assassination

  1. Twilight/Dawn says:

    I was reading an article the other day on how what we are exposed to when we are young is stored in the subconscious to which
    1 in much harder to rewrite what has been stored
    2 when what is stored comes out it is 9 times worse or better in the actions of the person.
    What I am getting at is they need “fuel” they believe this with every fiber. It was ingrained into them they are nothing if they do not achieve the emotional stimuli, to which become stored in the subconscious. This drive for “fuel” is going to be strong, due to how it has been stored in the mind.
    Has anyone else either read or thought of this?
    I do apologize if I am not making sense.

  2. Unbothered says:

    I thank God everyday that I am a solid person and that spooks have no effect on me.

    1. Unbothered says:

      The sickopath that I encountered tried to set me up with a guy so that he could control who I slept with and to shame me, but unlike him I am a decent person and have morals. Smear campaign unaccomplished epic fail. And right to this day he is somewhere plotting some sure to fail ruse to break me down. It’s been over 20 years and everynow and then one of his flying monkeys show up and I just make up stuff and tell them.The only thing superior about them is their stupidity!!!

  3. Cara says:

    I say my mother does “autopsies” when she does character assassinations. As in, “it’s fun watching you do autopsies as long as I’m not the corpse, mom”. But yeah, that’s a favorite weapon of hers.

  4. MsSevyn says:

    I love modern conveniences like recording devices. I secretly recorded him in his true element several times, then shared those recordings via text and email. Who was the liar now? Scream, rant and rave, mister, let the world see your crazy. Goodbye smear campaign.

    1. That’s what must be done 🙂

      1. Mind you, the best way is to record normal life before they arrive and run the recording device for hours catching all dialogue from the time they enter or present. Their dialogue alone shows how absolutely ridiculous they are, whether they fly into abusing or not, the dialogue gives them away each time.

  5. Bruised says:

    *I needed to fully understand -meant to be. Horrible mobile phones. ..

  6. Bruised says:

    For once please don’t. .. for once try and see and understand…. not everyone is the same… I believe that by strong and persistent stimulation with positive approach and feelings will help Your brain to reactivate these parts which has been suppressed in childhood by abuse. our brain is a muscle… it beeds to be stimulated if it can’t be worked out… We do it all the time… trying to change our behaviour, trying to be less selfish and nore understanding etc. we exercise it all the time. It is noones fault that You have been abused and hurt so immensely that Your lovely brain had to develop differently in order to survive or to stay sane. Your blog and books help me so much on daily basis. .. First it was anger.. frustration…” how on earth did I not know that there are these kind of people around us and who I’ve been entangled with…” then I felt happy and empowered knowing that I’ve been chosen because of my traits…and how can I stop feeling hurt.. then it was sadness as I understood how misreable my life was and did not see the exit because anyway I’d turn I would hurt myself or him… then it came to me. ..
    I’ve become blank … feeling love growing back in me… not feeling anger or disappointment just knowing that this is THE LIFE. it’s up to me how it will spin. I need to understand that we are all beautiful human beings but some of us (You) require much much more love patience and understanding. It is not scary or not impossible anymore as long as it’s true…

    1. Unbothered says:

      It’s hard to believe that some people are reprobate and no amount of love,patience or understanding is going to help them. They will reject it. You can’t give love to someone that doesn’t want to be loved.

  7. Sarabella says:

    Wow. So. Now it snaps into place. What a sick man he was. After using a story, to get to me, his hook, about something incredibly painful and extremely personal, he lures me to visit him. On that visit, he took that story and the very last night, told me about how some friends thought about what he had done and about me. It was the most hurtful, awful thing to come out of his mouth. I left brutally traumatized. I asked him why he did what he did. Why he said what he said. He said I misunderstood. I asked him to explain. He doesn’t. I never figured it out. It was so incredibly CRUEL. It was the ONLY reason I hung around after, trying to figure out how I misunderstood. So now I know why he brought up his friends. For this reason. Sick. He needs to rot somewhere…. (sorry… now I know what his motive was for that night’s comment….)

  8. bananasareberries1 says:

    I do not care what he is saying about me now or ever. He was doing this behind my back for a long time making stories about me (for example that I am his girlfriend, what?) and I learned by accident. He is an angry lesser, people fear him and do not trust him. Whatever comes from his mouth is worthless. Most likely he will be smearing me to his new primary sources and get pity sex, as always. I am a very proud person but I have no issues with people gossiping. I am a brand on my own within my industry. He can kiss my .as..sss, pardon my French.

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