Read on for some great tips here at Health Magazine....
I work with many clients in my practice who are working on connecting with that special someone through dating websites. Unfortunately, some encounter cyber-predators/trolls hiding under the guise of a false profile -- just a reminder for those who do utilize dating websites to take extra precautions and time to truly get to know your "match" in a safe neutral environment before investing more of your life energy into potentially a harmful dating situation. Cyber-predators and trolls also lurk about on forums and comment on blogs to extract narcissistic supply by attempting to elicit reactions (both positive and negative) from their virtual audience. See article here on the Psychology Today blog for more information about this subject...
The time period between Halloween and Valentine's Day is a time when survivors of abusive relationships with a narcissist may experience what is known as a "hoover"..often times narcissists will circle back to prior sources of narcissistic supply to see if they can tap (or suction up like a vacuum) prior targets' attention/affection/adulation to fill their psychological void...be cautious and don't be tempted with a re-hook! See PsychoPathFree blog article here for more information about this
Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW