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Drkman.bmp (2211174 bytes) There are several signs that are good indicators of stalking behavior.  It is also important to consider the intensity of such behaviors.

     1.   Persistent phone calls despite being told not to contact in any form.

     2.  Waiting at workplace or in neighborhood.

     3.  Threats.

     4.  Manipulative behavior (for example: threatening to commit suicide in order to get a response to such an "emergency" in the form of contact).

     5.  Sending written messages: letters, emails, graffiti...

     6.  Sending gifts from the seemingly "romantic" (flowers and/or candy) to the  bizarre (dog teeth, a bed pan, a blood soaked feather) (Dietz et al. 1991b).

     7.  Defamation:  The stalker often lies to others about the victim (claims of infidelity, for example).

     8.  "Objectification":  The stalker derogates the victim, reducing him/her to an object -- this allows the stalker the ability to feel angry with the victim without experiencing empathy (Meloy and Gothard, 1995).

    

 

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