Do you have PTSD or maybe some other form of mental disability? Life is hard enough without adding troublemaking psychos to the mix when you are simply reaching out to others for support. If you are considering going public with your story or even engaging publicly for said cause, please educate yourself about the Things Narcissists Do. They are everywhere on social media & will do everything in their power to make sure you do not steal the spotlight from them.
Learn how to spot them and how to deal with the behavior to protect yourself. They run in packs and will say things like, if you are friends with so and so, then we cannot be friends. Or they will send out reckless messages to their ‘friends’ telling you to ‘unfriend’ or ‘unfollow’ said person on social media. Look at their behavior compared to that of the person they are targeting. Who is causing the trouble? Maybe they both are. It’s pretty easy to determine as long as you pay attention to the behavior not their words. They accuse their target of their very same behavior.
This behavior is especially damaging if it goes unchecked on platforms like social media. The offenders feel they are not accountable to anyone. In the circumstances I witnessed, the group preyed on people who were sick with PTSD and had been rejected in one way or another. Unfortunately, some of the offenders are in public forums that give attention to them and their cause. Because the people who reach out to them are already hurt, the behavior of the narcissists makes them more suspicious and distrustful causing further isolation and dependence on the group. Ask yourself why would a grown man or woman be saying things like this. Why would they be referring to others who have been victimized in these ways YET completely overlook the horrible behavior of their specific group of friends?
I took the power back almost a year ago and have been happier for it ever since. I started with getting rid of my public personal Facebook page. Then I locked down my private personal Facebook page. As time went on, I had to let go of those who were still caught up in the lies and drama caused by only a few bad apples in the bunch. Like the article “Things Narcissists Do” will clearly explain, the confusion these people cause will keep your mind spinning wondering what is truth and what is not. Remember, actions speak louder then words. Only you can control what you allow in your life and head.
I couldn’t believe the lengths that these people would go to in order to discredit me on social media. It was uncanny. First they found a incident from my past and posted it to social media in an attempt to discredit me. Then they decided that a fake cease and desist order would help do the trick. Then they started contacting people that I worked with and convinced them that I was this or that. Oh and then the Facebook campaign asking people to unfriend and unlike me because I was unsafe. The funniest thing of all is that everything they accused me of was exactly what they were doing to me and had been doing to others all along. This is a classic case of projection and clearly listed as one of the traits of someone with narcissism.
If you reach out to people who are sick and make them distrustful of good people who may be the ones to help them, then you are the guilty one. If you are so sick that you actually believe these people, and then act on it, despite the way they have clearly acted in the past and present, then you are just as guilty. I feel for the people with PTSD who reach out to these people only to be inundated with craziness and drama. It takes a toll on those already suffering with PTSD. Unfortunately you take the risk of rejection and harassment whether you choose to overlook what they do to others or you call them out. You could be the next victim regardless simply because you are associated.
I have always stood alone ever since I was in high school. I have always come from a good place of doing what is right by our fellow man. It is very unfortunate that if you do the right thing and exercise your right to freedom of expression in today’s society, you become bullied and targeted by strangers who engage in social media campaigns to take you out. Some day these same people will push someone to the point of suicide and the day that they do, I will be the first to call them out. I don’t need your approval to exercise my right to freedom of speech.