Years ago, much like many other authors, I had a Facebook page dedicated to my writing. It was a typical page. I shared updates of new books I wrote, links to blog posts, helpful memes & the like. A good friend of mine has admin privileges on that page. I had a lot of folks blocked that I didn’t want to unblock anyone to see if they followed my page, so this seemed like a good solution.
Then in 2013, I was on the receiving end of harassment from one of my narcissistic relatives. Although I blocked this person, somehow she still followed my page as I learned from my fellow admin. My friend blocked my relative from the page, but somehow she still showed up as someone who liked the page. She deleted & banned my relative several times with the same results. I finally unblocked her temporarily then deleted & banned her myself from my page in the hopes that would solve the problem somehow. Since I had unblocked this relative, I thought it might be wise to unblock others to make sure they too weren’t following my page, & was shocked. One of my sisters in-law that I hadn’t spoken to since 2002 was following it. I decided to re-block those I had unblocked, shut down my page & focus on my private group instead since I could control who I allowed in my group easier than page followers.
My relative was determined to follow my page as one more way to harass me, I believe. I read through & found no comments or “likes” from my sister in-law though. It was baffling at first, but eventually I think I figured out why she followed my page. She wanted to snoop. I believe her motive is similar to many other narcissists, so I thought I’d discuss this with you today.
Narcissists will snoop on their victims in the hopes of seeing the person who severed ties with them failing &/or miserable without them. Nothing would make them happier than to see that person they tried to destroy utterly despondent without them.
In many cases, some snooping people are narcissists & are flying monkeys for another narcissist. The reason they snoop is to find out any information that the other narcissist may find useful. They get something from “helping” out that narcissist. It may be money, favor or in the case of covert narcissists, simply enjoying what they are doing while looking like a good person just trying to help.
Narcissists are also nosy. They simply want to know what their former victim is up to just because they think they have the right to know these things. I suppose that is part of their sense of entitlement – they believe that no matter what they have done to someone, they still have the right to know everything about that person. They couldn’t be more wrong!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me, that last reason is the worst. It just ticks me off to no end that some person who treated me like dirt & trashed me behind my back would think that they somehow are entitled to know anything about my life. It astounds me that anyone can think it’s acceptable behavior to want to know things about my life while not having any relationship with me or trying to work on having a relationship with me. That is seriously messed up!
Unfortunately in this age of technology, completely hiding isn’t an option. You can block someone from calling or texting you, but they can use another phone. You can block their email address, but they can reach you by using a different one. The same goes for social media – they can use or create a different profile to see you after you blocked their original one.
I figured out some ways to handle the situation that may help you too.
I don’t answer calls from phone numbers I don’t recognize. If I know someone will call from a number I don’t know, such as a repairman, I’ll ask for their number or at least what time they will call so I can answer the call without worry.
I keep all social media posts not related to my writing private, so only trusted friends can see them.
I have blocked all narcissists’ phone numbers, emails & on social media, & continue to block them when they find alternative ways to contact me or snoop. Eventually they do get tired of constantly finding new ways to reach you, although it may take a long time to do so. My relative I mentioned earlier? She bothered me for four years, & the last time was only to hurt me because she knew my father was dying at that time. Narcissists do love to kick a person when they’re down.
I stumbled across an alternative to blocking on social media I find to be entertaining. Rather than simply blocking, I share things on public just for the nosy people. It’s usually educational things about being nosy narcissists or flying monkeys because I honestly hope they recognize how dysfunctional they are. But, I also have some fun & share periodic memes about online stalkers or how people need to mind their own business. Doing this probably means the in-laws have plenty to say about what an awful person I am, but since their opinions are irrelevant to me, it doesn’t bother me at all. If you feel that same way, you might find this tactic as entertaining as I have.