It’s hard to believe that less than a decade ago, most people didn’t have Facebook or Twitter accounts. In a very short time, social media has had a tremendous impact on individuals, communities and nations. What did narcissists do before Facebook and Instagram?
Social media can be benign, for instance, helping family and friends stay in touch, organizing communities, organizing and promoting events, special interest groups, business promotion, raising awareness about social issues and exposing corporate or political corruption. In the wrong hands, however, social media can be a very efficient weapon for both the personal and political.
Similarly, Crazy (a high-conflict Borderline, Narcissist, Histrionic, Sociopath or UFC [Unidentified Form of Crazy]) uses social media to target her objects of hate — e.g., ex-husband(s), ex-boyfriend(s), current partner, new wife or girlfriend of an ex, colleagues, friends, and people she’s never met. Typical objects of hate are basically anyone who makes her feel bad about herself and her behavior, anyone who gets in her way and/or anyone she fears will expose her true nature.
For Crazy, social media websites are an endless source of attention, self-promotion, self-aggrandizement and a sophisticated weapon. Many narcissists, histrionics, borderlines and other self-obsessed, abusive personality types use Facebook, Twitter and the like to run smear campaigns, to make false allegations, to perpetrate parental alienation and to stalk and harass their targets while simultaneously portraying themselves as the much maligned victim, superwoman and/or mother of the year.
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