Stalking is a term commonly used to refer to unwanted and obsessive attention by an individual or group to another person. Stalking behaviors are related to harassment and intimidation and may include following the victim in person and/or monitoring them. The word stalking is used, with some differing meanings, in psychology and psychiatry and also in some legal jurisdictions as a term for a criminal offense.
“Virtually any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking.”
Nine times out of ten, we use the word stalker in a lighthearted manner as a joke between friends and literally dilute how serious of a situation that it is when someone has a problem with being pursued excessively against their will.
And because we usually make these jokes about this thing called psychos, we oftentimes forget the terror of realizing that a mentally imbalanced and delusional entity has become an unwanted part of our personal life and may know more than we wanted to share.
It’s of my humble opinion that while this social phenomenon called “stalkers” has always been around since the beginning of time, the advent of the urban landscape and cyber technology has virtually made a breeding ground for us to cross paths with those who are not of the soundest of minds or the purest of hearts.
So many of us claim that we want privacy and anonymity yet put our whole entire lives on display for the world to see! We have literally invited the world into our living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms as though we have found a way to become a reality television show star in our minds but never realizing the consequences most often until its much too late.
I look forward to seeing you there this Friday night because I know that we are going to let it ALL HANG OUT!