Why do people lie about being stalked?
Denisa Băileşteanu, I am a walking lie detector, sooner or later.
Being stalked is a serious threat to any person. It makes the victim frustrated, terrified, emotionally unstable. Some victims might seek help, others are too frightened to do that. But one thing is clear: being stalked feels horrible.
On the one hand, I personally don’t see why someone would blatantly lie about it, other than seeking attention. A stalked person who truly seeks help looks very frightened and speaks softly or whispers when he or she says it. One can easily see it. Most stalked people don’t seek help though, and it’s understandable. The stalker is shrouded in mystery most of the time and the victim is afraid that he is going to hurt him/her somehow.
People who believe they are stalked usually look behind or around them many times while walking or being outside their house.
On the other hand, the only reason someone would lie about being stalked would be attention seeking.
“Oh, look, someone is stalking me! This means I’m important and good-looking”. This thought sometimes comes with a spoken sentence: “I realized I’m being stalked, OMFG! I hate those bastards!”. When it’s a lie, it’s spoken (or shouted, so everybody can hear) without any trace of worry by the so-called “victim”. This is meant to bring attention to the liar. If someone thinks of bringing the matters to the police, the so-called “victim” refuses and says he’s got everything under control. This is often joined by the typical behavior of the liar (rapid blinking, over-gesticulating, opposite dominant hand moving etc).
Not all of these signs are obvious for what I stated here, a person who is a good actor and who is seeking attention is capable to play a very frightened person. There are also people who will talk about being stalked as if nothing happens, they usually believe the stalkers can do no harm to them.
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