Emotion : Loneliness

Artist : Rubies

Track : Room Without A Key

Album : Explode From The Center

Release Details : Telle, 2008

Psychologists often group individuals who stalk into two categories: psychotic and non-psychotic. Stalkers may have pre-existing psychotic disorders such as delusional disorder, schizoaffective disorder, or schizophrenia. Most stalkers are non-psychotic and may exhibit disorders or neuroses such as major depression, adjustment disorder, or substance dependence, as well as a variety of Axis II personality disorders (Such as antisocial, avoidant, borderline, dependent, narcissistic, or paranoid). Some of the symptoms of ‘obsessing’ over a person is part of obsessive compulsive personality disorder. The non-psychotic stalkers pursuit of victims can be influenced by various psychological factors, including anger, hostility, projection of blame, obsession, dependency, minimization, denial, and jealousy. Conversely, as is more commonly the case, the stalker has no antipathic feelings towards the victim, but simply a longing that cannot be fulfilled due to deficiencies either in their personality or their society’s norms.

In ‘A Study of Stalkers’ Mullen et al identified five types of stalkers:

▪ Rejected stalkers pursue their victims in order to reverse, correct, or avenge a rejection (e.g. divorce, separation, termination).
▪ Resentful stalkers pursue a vendetta because of a sense of grievance against the victims – motivated mainly by the desire to frighten and distress the victim.
▪ Intimacy seekers seek to establish an intimate, loving relationship with their victim. To many of them the victim is a long-sought-after soul mate, and they were ‘meant’ to be together.
▪ Incompetent suitors, despite poor social or courting skills, have a fixation, or in some cases a sense of entitlement to an intimate relationship with those who have attracted their amorous interest. Their victims are most often already in a dating relationship with someone else.
▪ Predatory stalkers spy on the victim in order to prepare and plan an attack – often sexual – on the victim.