The Support Forum Fraud

THE SUPPORTFORUM FRAUD

There are many online support forums that exist with regard to the issue of narcissism and narcissistic abuse.

I have previously moved amongst the shadows of these blogs, Facebook sites, Twitter pages and so forth, observing and absorbing the behaviours that I have witnessed. There are those which provide information. Others are the cathartic disclosures of victims who are seeking to warn as well as recount their own horrors alongside their journey or recovery. There are others which are there to assist people in healing from the trauma they have suffered. The quality and reliability of them varies. Amidst the proliferation of support forums lurk our kind.

There is no doubt that our kind inhabit these places. Indeed, from time to time Lesser and Mid-Range Narcissists have appeared and frequented my blog. Easy for me to spot, but less so for others. Naturally, narcissists appear at other sites and forums, commenting and interacting. Those narcissists will gain some fuel from the interaction with the people on that forum, but more specifically they will look to befriend a fellow commenter or two and take their interaction off blog and onto private messaging, the telephone, Skype and ultimately meeting in person. The Tertiary Source becomes a secondary source and the provision of fuel increases in potency, quantity and frequency. A separate article will cover that type of interaction.

The narcissist also operates on these support forums in a different capacity ; that of moderator, administrator or host.

How does this manifest?

First of all, if a Greater operates such a forum then he or she will be open about the fact, confirm what they are and explain much about the way we think and operate. These sites are extremely rare. Greaters are very rare and those which operate sites similar to mine are even rarer. However, those that do exist make it clear what the site is and who is operating it. This rarity and the common misunderstanding that all narcissists do not know what they are, leads some people to regard such sites in a mistaken manner.

Secondly, a Lesser would not operate such a forum. He or she has no idea what he or she is and being utterly devoid of empathy (including cognitive empathy), it would never occur to the Lesser to devise such a site. They have no interest in appearing as a saintly figure and they have no desire to listen to the woes of others. The Lesser will frequent the forums but they will not run them, indeed they prefer to utilise someone else’s work to enable them to boast about their own (supposed) encounters with a narcissist and then take centre stage as they brag about their life style, attack other commenters and do so with an utter lack of awareness as to their behaviour and of course, what they are.

Thirdly, it is the Mid-Ranger who poses the problem with regard to the creation and running of these forums. Why the Mid-Ranger? Again, he or she does not know what she is but these sites appeal to them because:-

  1. They are able to engage in their façade management. The Mid Range Narcissist genuinely believes that he or she is a good person, a decent person , an empathic person. It is other people who are the horrible, abusive narcissists. Not them.
  2. The site gives them an excellent vehicle to sound off about their own perceived mis-treatment. The Mid Ranger loves a good Pity Party, Compassion Conference or Sympathy Symposium and those that interact with these people buy into this.
  3. It enables them to continue a campaign against those the Mid Range Narcissist perceives as the abuser. Thus the ex-girlfriend, the parents, the boss or the once upon a time best friend, all find themselves routinely smeared and the validation that the site’s readers provides to the Mid Range Narcissist only goes to consolidate in their minds that they are a good person and that they are truly the victim.

The Mid Ranger is the narcissist who you will find operating these forums (or fora if you prefer) . Of course not all of the online support forums are operated by our kind, far from it, but there is a noticeable presence by our kind. Indeed, I have had many of my readers express their concerns and suspicions about certain sites and their provenance, based on their experiences there and what they have witnessed.

This is difficult for people to recognise. They will have some familiarity naturally with the idea of narcissism, since why else are they at a narcissist abuse support forum?! However, it is highly likely that their skills have not yet become attuned to recognising our kind and certainly not this particular wolf in sheep’s clothing.

What then are the indicators which show that a narcissist is operating the site (or is involved as a moderator or administrator)? Based on what I have witnessed at certain sites, you should be aware of the following

  1. Invalidation. The subject of narcissism is both emotive and complex and therefore people have various experiences, opinions and theories. Some may simply be incorrect. Some may be based on a misunderstanding. Some however remain valid because that is the experience of the individual. The Support Forum Fraud (“SFF”) will reject out of hand the experience of the reader or commenter if it disagrees with, is at odds with or contradicts something stated by the SFF. Rather than recognising a difference of opinion, or politely explaining why the reader’s view is mistaken, the SFF will be dismissive.
  2. Aggressive. If the reader holds their ground with the SFF then they will be treated in an aggressive fashion. The reader is not insulting or provocative and merely states their view. They are treated to an aggressive response from the SFF. This is the manifestation of the MRN’s ignited fury. They will be told they know nothing, that they are being ridiculous, that the SFF knows far better and reminded that the SFF operates the forum.
  3. Labelling. The SFF will label the reader as an abuser or as a narcissist. I have seen this happen on many occasions and is a rapid dose of projection designed to put down, invalidate and insult the reader.
  4. The Labelling also has a further effect. It acts as a call to arms to other readers to launch into an attack against the hapless reader. The SFF expects their readership to gang up on this ‘narcissist’ and tell them what they are and drum them from the forum. Who are those who respond to this clarion call of the SFF? They belong to two groups  ; other narcissists and mis-guided victims. The former group of course do not know what they are. The Lessers will see it as an excellent opportunity for some verbal abuse provocation. The Mid Rangers will see it as a chance to curry favour with the host and demonstrate their own credentials as a ‘good’ person. The Mis-Guided Victims (often newbies) are still very hurt by their experience and their inexperience and current world view causes them to lash out at someone who they have mistakenly seen as a narcissist. It is an easy mistake for them to make, after all, they are still learning and the supposed guru of the host has declared this person to be a narcissist, so it must be true. There will be those, those who are more experienced and empathic who will defend the reader, recognising they are not a narcissist and that the person is entitled to express their opinion. They will be set on also and therefore this often causes others to avoid the fray to begin with.
  5. The host will engage in repeated recollections of their own horrendous treatment at the hands of the narcissist. It will be like a daily sermon as they rail against this person with a zealous enthusiasm which lasts for far too long for that of a genuine victim.
  6. The host having identified a supposed narcissist on the site will not let the matter go. If the reader remains (or is allowed to remain) on the site, they will be repeatedly branded and subjected to passive aggressive remarks. Even once gone or banished, they will be made mention of by the SFF.
  7. The SFF will also make repeated reference to their “online attackers” or their “trolls” in order to gain sympathy from readers. These supposed attackers remain vague and amorphous in identity because they often do not exist, but they are a perception of the SFF.
  8. The SFF will dole out the Pity Plays in order to gain the sympathy and support of their readers. Whilst they will repeatedly make mention of how badly they have been treated by the ‘narcissist’ they were ensnared by, they will also make such comments as “I don’t why I bother doing this at times” and “I am sick of not being appreciated” and “some of you have no idea how much effort this takes”.
  9. Waterworks. If the SFF uses videos on the site or has a YouTube presence then the crocodile, self-pitying tears will flow. Those whose tears are genuine either will not post material containing them (they do not want people to see or regard it as unprofessional) or if they do it is clear it is genuine. The SFF’s waterworks will be forced as they summon up the tears. They will switch them on and off like the flicking of the switch. Once you know what to look for, you will see them.
  10. There is a lack of originality in the material. The SFF can only pose as the supposed empathic supporter of the abused not through actual experience or emotional empathy but through mimicry. Accordingly, the material that is placed on the site will be drawn from elsewhere. Often, the lazier SFF (coupled with their sense of entitlement and lack of accountability) will steal the work of others and either not credit it to the original author or pass it off as their own.
  11. There will be passive aggressive comments made towards the commenters and readers. Again, this is not always obvious to newcomers, but those with experience will soon spot this indicator and allied with points above the picture becomes clear.
  12. Sudden blocking. A reader will find themselves blocked from the site without any explanation or understanding as to what they have done. This passive aggressive response will arise because the SFF has perceived some behaviour of the reader which is unacceptable and thus wounded, has lashed out with this cold fury by providing a Silent Treatment.

Over time, the aggregate of these behaviours will demonstrate the true nature of the person operating the site and you will then realise just who is really behind the supposed caring, empathic persona.

You may have found yourself on the receiving end of such behaviour previously. Of course, you will not experience this behaviour in the future. Why? Well, you have no reason to go anywhere else than here now, have you!?

 

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17 thoughts on “The Support Forum Fraud”

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  2. HG,

    You say that Greaters are very rare & have previously said that 1 in 6 are narcissists, what would you estimate the ratio of Greaters to be? Have you encountered many Greaters yourself & do you deal with any in the context of your professional career?

    Thankyou,
    RH

    1. Very roughly, I would say 40 % Lesser, 55 % Mid Range and 5 % Greater. I have met more Greater than people would do ordinarily owing to some of the circles I operate in.

  3. Thank you for your answer, HG.
    A greater would not come to your forum, because he can`t control it. He can`t block or unblock answers. He would take a short curious look at it, but then he would go back to his own blog. He is a god, why should he go to the hunting ground of another one? There would be too much competition.
    And he has to lead people. He knows better than the other (little) god (in his eyes). To lead people is only possible at an own blog.
    Therefore a discussion is not possible.
    A psychopath would take a short look at this blog, would perhaps write a short comment like “Great” and would disappear then, because he is not interested in psychology. He is busy to get his advantages in the world.

    The mid-range submit themselves to your opinion. It is some kind of hierarchy. They follow their leader and try to profit in some way of your power. They feel more strength, if they have a “great brother” and they want to please their great brother.

    The misleaded victims will be misleaded again, until they form their own opinion and gain awareness.

    You described all of them very well.

    I myself feel some shame, that I did not defend newbies, who tried to express their opinion and disappeared of this blog, because they have been attacked by all sides. They were not allowed to express their own opinion, although it was not insulting or degrading. They only expressed their fears and tried to warn other ones, because of their own experience.
    Shame on all of us.

    1. I agree with most of what you have written Mona save the last paragraph.

      Those who come here and attack me saying I am evil etc just provide fuel and I have no issue with them expressing their opinion. These people are usually very hurt victims who are horrified at what I am and lash out at me for that and also as a proxy for their own narcissist. I understand this and it is not an issue.
      Those who come here and attack on the basis of inaccuracy will be set straight. This is borne out of prejudging and laziness in not reading my work and the interaction I have with my readers here. I will not tolerate inaccurate attacks on my work or my readers. It is often the case that these individuals are actually narcissists but do not realise it.

    2. I don’t agree with this at all.

      There would be many, many reasons why those with NPD and/or antisocial personality disorder would come here and yeah, even stick around for a while.

      We have to steal traits from others in order to “pass” in society, as well as to effectively fuck with people in our lives. There are those who would come here to read H.G.’s work in an effort to steal traits from him through his work so they can attempt to be more effective.

      There are others, like me, who end up here by accident, but who get off on reading about H.G.’s exploits because it’s a place where people like me/us don’t have to hide.

      Personally, I resent having to wear masks and hide my true self. I’ve got no problem admitting that I work very hard to restrain myself on a daily basis and even though it works to my advantage to do so, it is exhausting and infuriating because I don’t see why I should have to hide who I am.

      As for not being interested in psychology, that’s not entirely accurate either. The medical profession is full of people like us, especially the mental health field. Look at H.G. for Christ sake – he’s practically a therapist to many of you and he’s the very definition of what fucked you all up in the first place!!!!

      It’s also complete bull that we don’t like being around our own kind. I don’t “love” or “adore” empaths in the least. I do what I do because I can’t stand empaths and I really, truly enjoy destroying them. Our kind and your kind have never been, and will never be, compatible. You’ll never be good enough for us (mostly because we fucking hate you and everything you stand for) and we’ll never treat you the way you think you deserve to be treated because of that.

      I like being around others who are like me because I can be myself. I don’t have to hide or wear any uncomfortable masks. I want that Bonnie and Clyde dynamic – someone who understands me and wants to raise hell with me.

  4. Your Majesty & Dearest Empaths:

    There’s no place like the Tudor Court and there’s no royal like our sovereign. Why? Because here everyone knows who are you dealing with. Have you got any question? It will be answered, or at least adressed in another post. Are you confused? An example with similar behaviour or metaphor will be offered. Your shrink leaves you talking and talking and talking for hours with no feedback except a nod? Mr. Tudor will tell you what happened in short words, straight to the point. Plus, you have fellow empaths to support and exchange notes just in case you missed a class. However, we all are grade A students here so this is very unlikely. Also, the main reward is an existence free of abuse and with low(er) levels of manipulation, so we are highly motivated.

    I am NOT advertising, nevertheless, below are a few examples of some fora where I interacted with possible narcissists and a brief descripion of what happened:

    – Asexualitic: a dating site for aces, demisexuals and greys. There was a trend about ‘Have you ever dated an ace? Share your experience!’ and from one day to another there were 5o entries of possible Lessers/MRs commenting about how hard it was to deal with aces, aces were all bad, no one wanted to date them, etc. (pity play/victimising). In 5o replies, not a single one provided an actual example of dating! Plus, one person (let’s call him/her T.) shamed previous commenters who complained for ‘victim mentality’ and a few days later opened three posts in which (s)he portrayed a very tearful pity play about people approaching him/her only due to him/her supposedly disabled condition.

    -Google+: a social net that spreads photos and world news. A girl opened a post about funding people who lived in Africa (how generic) for new school books. After she advertised her humanitarian iniciative, she proceeded to shame everyone who did not engage in philantrophic work. When called out on her personal marketing rather than helping others skills, she lashed out aggresively, an unlikely reaction for a benefactress.

    -Facebook: there are plenty of communities dedicated to narcissistic abuse recovery, ACoNs, married to a Narcissist, etc. Once, I was making a list of the hipocrisies/contradictions of the moralist speech of my Nex vs. his actions and a girl stepped out to defend him, embracing his autocratic point of view and dismissing my reactions. One of her phrasings included “If your ex was a vegan, you should become vegan too, a woman should cater to her man’s needs” Even before I saw her reply there were two super empaths scolding her and suggesting she was in the wrong place; I was startled and after a few interactions I made a French exit. Months later, on another community, there was a girl who shared prints of her conversation with a possibe Narc (I’d risk Victim Lower MR) and asked advice whether this guy was one of the kind or an ordinary Joe. A lot of people (me included) hinted he was a narcissist and abnormally high on the spectrum for entitlement only to read her reply that at least she was brave enough to give people a fair chance and she decided to date him, shaming our lack of understanding! After this, I was in sheer despair, and decided to venture no further.

    In short words, NarcLand is everywhere, much safer here, methinks! All love to you, folks! <3

  5. Especially that many of us are in confusion, I avoid adding more confusion. I followed another site blog before and it introduced me well to the topic and was a very good elementary school for me .

    Now I am only on your site and read the books and go full fledge into articles comments etc

    I learn as much about me that about my narcs

    I always go one «  therapy » or approach at the time to avoid getting mixed messages ( especially after life with a narc).

    Keep the great work ! Even if it is rough sometimes it is so insightful.

  6. Hello HG,

    How many videos do you have on YouTube? When do you anticipate having new ones for us to watch? Thank you!

  7. I think Word Press hates me.

    In any case, excellent article HG. I recently read an old blog on seduction and was reading commentary when a post caused quite the fray. If a person continues to keep lashing out after another individual rises to their defense would you be inclined to think they are a lesser? Just curious.

    1. Possibly owing to the lower control on ignited fury but one would need more information to be precise.

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