The Spheres of Influence – What Triggers a Hoover By The Narcissist?


There are numerous factors which govern whether we will attempt to hoover you post-escape or post-discard. Some of these factors determine the style of the hoover, whether it will be malign or benign and also how often the attempts will be made. There are several considerations which have a material impact on whether a hoover will occur and one of the most significant ones is the sphere of influence and your relationship to it.

Imagine if you will, me. Now I know you do this often as your guilty little secret but we haven’t got time for that at the moment. Here I am sat at home, or in the office, or walking between bars. Let us take an instance of me being in a bar. What is my sphere of influence? To be accurate there are actually several. They vary in applicability and range. The first is the physically proximate sphere, namely those who are within earshot. That is the closest sphere of influence and unsurprisingly the most dangerous for you. It is within this sphere of influence when the full range of charismatic and magnetic charms can be deployed in order to pull you back into my influence. Anybody who I can speak to or listen to, be sat with, or dine with, stand next to or be near is in this sphere of influence.

The second sphere is the eye line sphere. This is the sphere where I can see you or you can see me. We may be across the street, on the other side of a field, up in an office, walking across a plaza, across from you on the piste. If we can see you or you can see us, then you are in this sphere. I may not be able to communicate with you other than to shout or wave but it remains a sphere of influence. Accordingly, this is why when we seek to hoover somebody we may not be able to speak directly with them but we can position ourselves stood across from your house on the other side of the street or waiting across the square from where you leave work.

The third sphere of influence is our reach through our coterie and our lieutenants. Whether these people are our friends (inner or outer circle), colleagues, minions or family, if they operate as our lieutenants or our coterie they form part of a sphere of influence. If you speak to these people (therefore operate in their first sphere) or they see you or you see them (therefore in the second sphere) you are caught within my third sphere of influence. Rest assured that news of your appearance in the spheres of my lieutenants and my coterie will be relayed to me. This may be in person, by telephone, text or e-mail message, but the news will reach me. This also allows me to send information to you by proxy as my coterie and lieutenants tells you about what I am doing, who I am with and so on and so forth.

The fourth sphere of influence is our reach through the telephone. I do not mean by text messages or FB messenger but actually speaking on the telephone. Whilst we may be thousands of miles from you, unseen and not physically proximate at all, the fact you are speaking to us allows us to extend our reach in an effective way through the use of the telephone. Facetime and Skype and similar applications fall within this sphere as well.

Next there is the fifth sphere of influence which manifests through the sending of text messages, e-mails, letters, notes wrapped around bricks thrown through your window, smoke signals etc. There is no actual speaking to one another. There is no third party involved. There is no physical proximity. This is the fifth sphere.

Finally, there is the sixth sphere of influence which is my mind. You may pop up in my mind for no reason whatsoever. It might be I hear a song which reminds me of you or I walk past where you used to live and I reminded of you. In all other respects I have deleted you from my mind post discard or post escape but then something happens, either triggered by something or just a random recall and there you are, in my mind and in my thoughts and therefore you have entered the sixth sphere of influence.

Following your escape or your discard we will operate all five of these spheres in an attempt to hoover you. Once you appear in any or all of these spheres of influence this will encourage us to effect a hoover (bearing in mind other factors as well which I will detail on a separate occasion). Thus if you have been effecting no contact and then I see you on a bus travelling along the high street, you have entered my second sphere of influence.

You have come to my attention. You are on my radar. This may cause me to wave at you and get your attention or run along the road to catch up with the bus and board it so I can bring you into my first sphere. I may be minded then to make efforts to contact you in some other fashion, but the fact you have sailed close to me, appeared in my sphere does two things.

One, it alerts me to you. I may have been distracted with other sources of fuel but you entering my sphere of influence makes you game for a hoover.

Two, it awakens the mixture in you, that addictive quality that we imbue in you through our nefarious seduction of you, which then causes various memories to awaken inside of you, thoughts and feelings which make you vulnerable to our overtures once again.

Thus we will then look to hoover you. We are reminded of you and this calls into mind the potent hoover fuel that is on offer. Secondly you are at a heightened risk of the hoover succeeding because of the effects of the mixture that lurks inside of you, placed there by us some time ago when we seduced you.

Sometimes we seek to draw you into our sphere of influence. If we wait around outside where we know you work, we are trying to draw you into our sphere of influence. More often however it is you that enters our sphere of influence, either deliberately or inadvertently.

For example, you may decide you need to return some of our property and you call round to drop it off. You have entered our first sphere of influence through this act and you will be hoovered. Alternatively, it is late at night and we are on your mind (but you are not on ours) and you cannot help but send a text asking us how we are doing. By doing this you have entered our fifth sphere of influence. Any step or act which brings you to our attention, whether in person, on the ‘phone, through others or through technology is you entering our sphere of influence and triggering a likely hoover.

You of course can influence how many of these spheres of influence operate with regard to you. Stay out of our way and ensure that we do not know where to find you and you will prevent spheres one and two from working. Ensure that you are never mentioned to our friends and that you avoid any contact with those who are our lieutenants and our coterie and you destroy the third sphere. Avoid that temptation to ring us and you destroy the fourth.

Ensure you never message us, do not send e-mails or even an application request and the fifth sphere is countered. The only one which you have no influence over is the sixth sphere. You may just pop into our minds from time to time and there is nothing that you can do about that. You should draw some slight comfort however from the fact that post escape and post discard, if you have survived the initial grand hoover then there you will not pop into our minds that often.

We will have eradicated you from our mind and be focusing on alternative sources of fuel. There remains a risk of a hoover (that is why we never truly go away) because of this sixth sphere of influence, but the risk is reduced. Liken the spheres to zones which if you stay out of you do not alert us to your presence and do not activate the mixture. Step inside one and you trigger the risk of a hoover for the reasons outlined above. Your aim to ensure that you remain free of post-discard and post-escape hoovers is to know these spheres of influence exist and to stay away from them.

Of course we make it harder than you think to do so, but that is a different matter for discussion.

35 thoughts on “The Spheres of Influence – What Triggers a Hoover By The Narcissist?

  1. christianmelchizedek says:

    We all know the best thing on dirt is a “Hoover”. That is why I’m waiting for my hoover…I’ve been collecting a little dirt these days with all that’s going on…”W.T.F.H.” Where’s the fucking hoover, when you need to be sucked clean? Hummmm. LOL

  2. christianmelchizedek says:

    A thought for a new printed “T” shirt…. “I’m not a Buffet…but if you stop to feed…I make sure you get enough to eat it will choke you to death”

    1. Blondie says:

      H.G I keep wondering when a hoover is sucessfull with several sources, is thier place in the fuel matrix before or after disengagement different as in are they reinstated to original posion. or whoever is offering best fuel to them .I mean are there favourites ! Thanks

      1. HG Tudor says:

        1. An IPPS either remains that or becomes the Former IPPS.
        2. The Former IPPS can become the IPPS again.
        3. An IPSS or DLS remains that status even when they are being treated as a NISS.
        4. A NISS can become an IPSS, DLS, Candidate IPSS, IPPS, Former IPPS.
        5. An IPSS or DLS can become Candidate IPSS, IPPS, Former IPPS.
        6. An ITS can become IPSS, DLS, Candidate IPSS, IPPS, Former IPPS.
        7. A NITS can become ITS, IPSS, DLS, Candidate IPSS, IPPS, Former IPPS.
        8. A NISS can become a NIPPS.
        9. A NISS can stay a NISS.

        1. Blondie says:

          Thankyou thats great..
          really explains it for me.

          1. HG Tudor says:

            You are welcome.

        2. Kim e says:

          you state that an IPSS or DLS can become a candidate an IPPS or a former ipps

          I was under the belief that a DLS was deemed to never be good enough to be promoted to anything out in the open. To not make the grade for whatever reason

          Did I miss a memo?

          Thanks in advance for clarification

          1. HG Tudor says:

            The DLS can be promoted, it is unlikely though.

  3. JenShine says:

    My ex has never hoovered me. I understand that this can happen YEARS after a disengagement/discard, but I was wondering if pride and/or a need for control and superiority ever have anything to do with a Middle Mid Ranger refraining from hoovering an IPPS.

    1. Alexissmith2016 says:

      Not all Ns hoover and some may hoover many years later. It depends on what happened at disengagement/discard and whether you wounded him and the extent of the wounding, how easy you are to make contact with. What your position was in the fuel matrix and whether there has been a hoover trigger and the hoover execution criteria have been met.

      How long since last contact with your n? The golden period with a new IPPS can last from anything up to 18 months, average is six months. He would be less likely to hoover you during the GP with a new appliance.

      1. theletterafterj says:

        All the smart people are here. Excellent answer!

        1. alexissmith2016 says:

          Awww thanks K! yes, all the smart people are here x

          I’d like to be smarter though. If I was really smart I’d know how to get HG to answer all of my questions! But I don’t and I know this is a dumb thing to admit to because just like greaters won’t admit to being an N because it hands over some power, in stating my flaws I know I am handing over power. thing is, he knows everything I think and feel anyway! Bastard! Hhahahaha

          1. theletterafterj says:

            My pleasure alexissmith2016!
            Hahahahaha…since we are Vets, I suspect that HG would like us to puzzle out or find the answers for ourselves, if we can.

            Transfer of power…hahahaha…HG knows more about you, than you do!!!

          2. You’re too kind K, and there was me thinking he was just being an annoying lil shit!

          3. Actually maybe you’re right K. Maybe he does want us to think for ourselves. I had written a comment on the Boris article earlier today which I’d hoped HG may respond to (hope – a bad word!), he didn’t. As a result I have reached my own conclusions. Boris’ COVID diagnosis was fake! He did this because he was lacking in control (he’d fucked up big time over how he handled COVID and is fucking clueless as to how we get out of this) and he needed to gain control so he played the victim card (rare for a greater as we know but this is an extreme circumstance). He can now blameshift when it all fucks up! Jees now I sound like one of those twatty mid conspiracists! I’m not. But HG did say I was correct when asked whether Trump had killed Soleimani because he was lacking in control due to the impeachment. I may not quite have the hard facts here hahaha but I consider myself a narcologist! Fuck! I just made that word up, googled it, it’s taken! By people who study those addicted to narcotics. hmmm oh well, the word narcologist will just have to take on a different meaning in 2020, they’ll have to find themselves another word to use because I want narcologist for my own! hahahaah bugar!

          4. Mercy says:

            Alex, how about narcisologist. It doesn’t flow off the tongue like narcologist but say it a few times, it’s not so bad.

          5. alexissmith2016 says:

            Narcisologist sounds perfect Mercy! You’re right it does flow easily once you’ve said it a couple of times too. Thank you!

          6. K says:

            Hahahaha…you are such a narcologist! I hadn’t considered that Boris may have faked Covid but anything is possible when it comes to narcissists! They do tend to overdramatize things.

            Of course he wants us to think for ourselves, this is HGU after all!

          7. HG Tudor says:

            Faking an illness is extremely unlikely with regard to BJ´s school, especially given his position and the period of time affected by the illness. He gains far more from being in control as Prime Minister than from lying in a hospital bed.

          8. theletterafterj says:

            I concur; if I were a Greater, I wouldn’t fake an illness. I would do the opposite, denying an illness, so I could stay in control. After all, you can’t trust the minions to do the job right.

          9. theletterafterj says:

            But I wouldn’t behave like Steve Jobs; I would opt for surgery or care that would save/prolong my life, which leads me to believe that SJ is not a Greater.

            He was intelligent, however, I suspect he needed control, in the moment, and made a poor decision (self-sabotage).

          10. alexissmith2016 says:

            Well HG set me straight very quickly on that one K! hahah

          11. theletterafterj says:

            Hahahaha…he most certainly did!

          12. alexissmith2016 says:

            But K…but, if HG is Boris then he may well be deflecting.

          13. theletterafterj says:

            Hahahaha…there’s no way in Hell that HG is Boris. Boris looks like a bumbling fool!

          14. alexissmith2016 says:

            Just goes to show what a chameleon HG can be! Boris May appear to be a fool but he’s not. I rather fancy him mwah

          15. theletterafterj says:

            I like Boris way better than Trump! Trump is a buffoon.

          16. alexissmith2016 says:

            Jimmy Carr is beginning to become rather tiresome and I’m plenty fickle

          17. alexissmith2016 says:

            Yay! HG to the rescue! xxx

          18. Violetta says:

            BoJo looked pretty crappy in that one photo. I don’t think he’s that good an actor.

          19. NarcAngel says:

            He looks like crap in every photo. Like Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber.

          20. HG Tudor says:

            Good call.

          21. NarcAngel says:

            And yet Boris still managed to get someone to marry him and rush into having his spawn. Of course she could be one too. That she’s a spin doctor is amusing either way.

          22. Cat says:

            (no reply button to the comment)
            I thought about this too, when looking at her twitter account the other day. Ns can’t help it but their social media accounts look hilarious.

    2. K says:

      There is always the risk of a hoover and it all depends on a Hoover Trigger and the Hoover Execution Criteria being met.

      This link below lists some of the relevant factors that can influence the HEC.

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