Have you seen the new Netflix television series called “YOU?” It’s based on the novel of the same name and it’s unsettling, to say the least. But the concept can also be confusing because . . .
Falling in REAL love can make you act irrationally and exhibit emotional and physiological instability. Don’t believe me? Click HERE for scientific research. That’s right! You become focused solely on the person you’re head over heels with, and think of nothing else for weeks on end. It closely mimics obsession.
How then can you tell the difference between someone exhibiting the above symptoms (especially with love at first sight, or the beginning stages of becoming smitten) and an imbalanced type of personality who may even have stalker potential?
Obviously certain cases of the latter are extremely easy to identify. Having lots of experience in the single, online dating world has earned me more than my fair share of horror stories. One man I messaged with (a mere two times!) is an example of someone who needs to wear one of those tee-shirts that proclaim, “I am the guy your mother warned you about!”
Long story short, my dating profile made the mistake of mentioning I was published on The Huffington Post. Somehow he ascertained my real last name and found my articles there. From that point he was able to find my cellphone number and then (utilizing a kind of “reverse caller ID location app”) obtain my home address and show up that night ringing my doorbell. You can imagine my shock. Especially because he wasn’t holding a large cheese pizza since that was what I’d just ordered.
But let’s not write-off these Creeper types as ignorant or unintelligent. They read! They google! All they need is one article like this “17 Signs of Falling in Love that Make it Real and they can adopt every single one of these traits and voilá … you’re likely to be fooled!
That’s why you have my blog to demonstrate sure-fire ways to discern the difference (using examples from a wide variety of categories and behaviors below) just by examining subtle nuances. Stuff you’d never even think about if it weren’t for me. You’re welcome!
Level of Observance
With Love — They’ll watch you doze
With Stalker — They’ll watch you decompose
With Love — Heart-shaped red radishes
With Stalker — Celery Stalks
With Love — Finds you on Facebook
With Stalker — You find yourself on How to Use “MaceBook.”
With Love — “You hang up first. No YOU hang up first. Okay, let’s both hang up together. 1, 2, 3 Go!”
With Stalker — They hang up on your voicemail message. 123 times a day.
With Love — You’re always on my mind.
With Stalker — You’re out of your mind.
With Love — Raspberry crêpe with whipped cream
With Stalker — HarrassBerry Creep with unzipped scheme
With Love — Flowers, mementos, cards, candy, concert tickets
Stalker — All the above, but given as Stalking Stuffers — even though it’s not Xmas!
With Love — Calvin Klein “Obsession”
With Stalker — Victoria’s Secret “Love”
I know that seems reversed just to throw you off track — but never fear, “The Nose Knows!”
With Love — “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles
With Stalker — “Jeepers, Creepers, Where’d Ya Get Those Peepers?” 2nd Fave – “Every Breath You Take” by the Police
With Love — “Love means never having to say you’re sorry!”
With Stalker — “Love means never having to say calamari.”
This means when you’re in a seafood restaurant with a Creeper type, you won’t be forced to order the squid. And that’s a pretty redeeming trait!
Readers: I’ve made light of this topic in this post, but stalking is a serious crime. If you or someone you know is a victim, there are resources for help HERE.