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Dark Side of Interpersonal Communications
Dr. Adam Parrish
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Obsession and Stalking  COM 314   What’s stalking?  o Definition: relational terrorism that creates fear in the  person being stalked  o It can involve harassment and threats made to them  o It can also be simply defined as the forcing of a  relationship by one person to another that does not want a relationship  o Obsessive Relational Intrusion (ORI)  o It can mimic behaviors of a close interpersonal  relationship between 2 people, and it is rare that people  are stalked by complete strangers.  o Stalking can last over an extended period of time in  multiple contexts  o Stalking has to involve frequent interactions by the  stalker  o Both during and after are the stalker and target affected  strongly by the process.   Why does stalking occur?  o Some stalkers have a “Goal Pursuit Theory”­ where  people have goals and they work to reach those goals.  o But in this case it is also the “Relational Pursuit”­  meaning that the stalker has a goal of at least having a  relationship with their target  o When a goal is blocked, obsessive stalkers push harder  because now their self worth relies on attaining their  goal for themselves.   Who stalks?  o It is commonly people that we know…  o The “Attachment Theory” focuses on the relationship  of infants and their caregivers, looking at how parents  treat their children. o Responsible caregivers raised secure infants while  neglectful caregivers raised insecure infants.   There are 4 categories of adult attachment styles that are  distinguished by 2 dimensions:  o (1) Avoidant Attachment Orientation: meaning that a  person is uncomfortable with closeness and often will  withdraw.  o (2) Anxiety Orientation: meaning that a person  obsessively worries about abandonment, and need  extreme closeness.   What does stalking look like?  o Relentless flirting  o Phone calls  o Sending gifts  o Surveillance behaviors  o Intruding on social gatherings  o Following   Cyber stalking behaviors  o Threatening emails  o Sending files with viruses in them  o Hacking  o Subscribing the target to services o Sending out the targets information o Identity Theft  o Revenge Porn   Notice that most of the actions done by the stalker in regular stalking and cyber stalking you can add  the word “unwanted” in front of the examples  shown and that will not automatically make those  actions stalking.    What does it look like?  o Types:   Instill fear in the target via threats   Cause distress via annoyance   Relentless pursuit following a failed romantic  relationship from the past  Gang Stalking­ where groups of people stalk a  victim, typically in an organizational setting  o 26% of victims experience it through cyberspace  o This is mainly through email  o Both men and women have almost a dead even split of  being victims of stalking   What should the victims do?  o Not a good Idea:   Moving toward the stalker   Moving against the stalker as to cause fire  Moving inward and not seeking help and relying  only on what you can do o Good Ideas:  Moving outward and seeking help   Moving away and avoiding all contact, this is not  fair to the victim yes but it is successful.   Effects on the victims:  o Good:  Feeling more attractive   Getting empowerment  Getting stronger relationship bonds  o Bad  Affects the victims quality of life in  almost every  way.  


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