Let’s admit it. Stalking is one of the creepiest things people can do. In some cases, stalking is a red flag that something is not right with someone. Some stalkers, however, are more like those with undiagnosed conditions rather than psychopathic serial killers. The question here is why do people stalk others? If there is any kind of behavior that most people find unsettling and repulsive, it has to be stalking. When someone follows you home from work or school and knows where you live without your consent, this is called stalking. It’s almost universally recognized as a sign that something isn’t right with another person. A stalker can be anyone — your neighbor, boss, classmate, or stranger you met on the street once. While some stalkers have underlying intentions that are more sinister than others, not all of them are dangerous. There exists a category of stalkers who don’t know their own boundaries and lack understanding about how much time and energy another person is willing to give them in return for their attention.
Why Do People Stalk Others?
People stalk others because they are looking for a connection. They may be feeling lonely, lost, or ignored and want to feel like somebody cares about them. Stalking can also be a way of getting attention or revenge. Some people may stalk out of curiosity or to gain knowledge about their target. Whatever the reason, stalking is not healthy and should not be tolerated. If you are being stalked, please seek help from a professional.
What Is The Difference Between Stalking And Being Just Friends?
- A stalker will insist on getting your attention and will do anything to achieve this goal. A friend, on the other hand, understands that he has to be patient and wait for you to respond.
- A stalker may call you over and over again, even if you’ve made it clear that you don’t want to talk. A friend doesn’t like it when the conversation goes in circles and doesn’t make a point of getting in touch with you again until he is sure that his message was received.
- A stalker may come up with excuses for contacting you or showing up at your house uninvited. Friends don’t need an excuse — they understand that there are times when it is appropriate to contact someone and times when it isn’t.
- Stalkers often believe that everyone wants to hear from them all the time, no matter how busy the other person is; friends realize that other people have lives, too.
- A stalker will try to convince you that he is the best person to talk to about your problems — he is trying to get close to you and make you dependent on him. A friend will simply listen and give advice when asked.
How To Respond If You’re Being Stalked?
- Call the Police. This is the first step that you should take if you feel you’re being stalked. The police will assess your situation, whether or not they can do much about it, and how to proceed.
- Document Everything. You should keep track of the dates, times, and locations of each event that happens as a result of stalking (if there are any). This will help you and your attorney build a strong case against the stalker in court if need be.
- Change Your Routine. If your stalker knows where you work or live, start varying your route to work or home from work and school so that it becomes more difficult for them to find out where you are at various times during the day or night. If they call or text you repeatedly, don’t answer their calls or texts unless it’s absolutely necessary for some reason.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings at All Times… Even When You’re Alone. This is one area where the police may find it hard to help you. What happens if the stalker sees you with your family or friends? Are you supposed to constantly be on guard and avoid them? The answer here is yes. If you’re being stalked, it’s important that you don’t give in to their demands for attention, even if they threaten to harm or kill you.
- Keep All Communications Private. You should keep all communications regarding this situation between yourself and your close friends and family members, especially if there are threats of violence involved.
3 Tips To Stop Someone From Stalking You
Know The Signs Of Stalking
Stalking is a pattern of behavior that is unwanted, harassing, and threatening. It involves someone who repeatedly follows you or watches your home or workplace for any length of time. Stalkers are occasionally strangers but friends, family members, and partners are also capable of stalking behaviors. If you are being stalked, ask yourself if you feel safe or threatened by the person’s behavior. If so, it is important to get help from your local authorities immediately.
Trust Your Instincts About The Stalker’s Intentions
If a stranger seems to be following you around town or watching your home or workplace for any length of time, it is important to trust your instincts about their intentions and report them to local authorities immediately. If a friend or family member has been exhibiting these behaviors toward you over time, it is important to have an honest conversation with them about how their actions make you feel uncomfortable and why they should stop this to talk to them about it as soon as possible.
Keep A Log Of The Stalker’s Behavior
If you feel threatened by someone’s behavior, it is important to keep a log of their actions for future reference. If you are being stalked by a stranger or coworker, it is important to document the date, time, and location of any stalking incidents along with any other details that could help your case such as the stalker’s appearance, vehicle or license plate number, etc. This will help you and your loved ones have all the information they need should they need to take legal action against a stalker in the future.
Have A Safety Plan In Place And Know How To Get Help If You Need It
If you feel that your life or your family’s lives are at risk, it is important to have a safety plan in place and know how to get help if you need it. If you feel safe, call 911 or local police immediately if the stalker is threatening or harassing you in person, online, or over the phone. If this is not an option for you, there are other resources available: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Take Action Immediately If You Feel Threatened
If a stranger is following you around town or watching your home or workplace for any length of time, it is important to trust your instincts and report them to local authorities immediately. If a friend or family member has been exhibiting these behaviors toward you over time, it is important that you trust your instincts and talk to them about their behavior.
Stalking is a form of obsession that is characterized by an individual following and monitoring another person, often in a way that is unwanted and intrusive. This can include loitering around their home or workplace, unsolicited gifts and communication, and even making threats. Stalking is different from pursuing a friendship or relationship with someone, although there can be a fine line between the two. Stalking is essentially about control, so the best way to deal with it is to take back control of your life by being aware of your surroundings and taking steps to prevent it from happening in the first place.