Creating a fake persona

Creating a fake persona refers to the act of intentionally presenting oneself as someone different from who they really are, in order to gain something or achieve a particular goal. This can be done online or in person and can take many forms, from exaggerating certain personality traits to outright lying about one’s identity.

People may create a fake persona for various reasons, such as to gain social status, to impress others, to avoid criticism, or to manipulate others for personal gain. For example, a person may create a fake persona online to present themselves as more successful, interesting, or attractive than they really are, in order to gain followers or make connections.

While creating a fake persona may provide some temporary benefits, it can also have negative consequences. It can erode trust and lead to feelings of guilt, shame, or loneliness. In some cases, creating a fake persona can even be a sign of deeper psychological issues, such as low self-esteem or a fear of rejection.

It’s important to be honest with oneself and others about one’s true identity and to build relationships based on authenticity and trust. Seeking therapy or counseling can also be helpful for individuals who struggle with creating a fake persona or with other issues related to self-esteem and identity.

Living with a parent with histrionic personality disorder

Living with a parent who has histrionic personality disorder can be challenging and may have a significant impact on a child’s emotional and psychological development. Here are some examples of what it may be like to live with a parent who has histrionic personality disorder:

  1. Constant attention-seeking behavior: A parent with histrionic personality disorder may crave constant attention and validation. They may dress provocatively, act dramatically, and use seductive behavior to get attention. This can be confusing and uncomfortable for a child who may feel embarrassed or ashamed of their parent’s behavior.
  2. Emotional instability: A parent with histrionic personality disorder may have frequent and intense emotional outbursts, such as crying or anger. They may also have shifting moods, which can be confusing and stressful for a child who is trying to understand and manage their own emotions.
  3. Impulsivity: A parent with histrionic personality disorder may be impulsive and make decisions without considering the consequences. This can lead to financial instability or other problems that affect the family.
  4. Shallow relationships: A parent with histrionic personality disorder may have difficulty maintaining long-term, meaningful relationships. This can lead to instability and inconsistency in a child’s life.

Living with a parent who has histrionic personality disorder can be challenging and may have lasting effects on a child’s emotional and psychological well-being. Children may struggle with feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment about their parent’s behavior, and may also experience anxiety or depression. Seeking therapy or support groups can be helpful for children and families who are coping with the effects of histrionic personality disorder.

Q & A – Examples of MPS

Malicious Parent Syndrome (MPS) is not a recognized psychiatric disorder, and there is no direct link between MPS and criminal behavior. However, in some cases, a parent with MPS may engage in criminal behavior that is intended to harm the other parent or interfere with their relationship with the child.

Here are a few examples of criminal behavior that may be exhibited by a parent with MPS:

  1. Vandalism: The parent with MPS may damage property belonging to the other parent or to the child, such as by keying a car, breaking windows, or destroying personal items.
  2. Stalking: The parent with MPS may engage in stalking behavior, such as following the other parent, showing up uninvited at their home or workplace, or using electronic tracking devices to monitor their movements.
  3. Kidnapping: In extreme cases, the parent with MPS may try to abduct the child or take them out of the country without the other parent’s consent.
  4. Assault: The parent with MPS may physically assault the other parent or engage in other forms of violence or intimidation.

It’s important to note that these behaviors are not typical of parents going through a divorce or custody battle, and that they are illegal and can have serious consequences. If you are the victim of criminal behavior by a co-parent, it’s important to seek help from law enforcement and the legal system to protect yourself and your child.

©Linda Turner 2023

Q & A – What is Malicious Parent syndrome?

Malicious Parent Syndrome (MPS) is a term used to describe a pattern of behavior exhibited by a parent, usually during or after a contentious divorce or child custody battle, who uses their child as a weapon to hurt the other parent. MPS is not a recognized psychiatric disorder, but rather a behavior pattern that can be seen in individuals who exhibit high levels of anger, vindictiveness, and a desire for revenge.

Parents with MPS may attempt to turn their child against the other parent, engage in parental alienation, or use their child to gather information about the other parent. They may also interfere with the other parent’s court-ordered visitation, deny access to the child, or make false accusations of abuse or neglect.

MPS can have a serious negative impact on the child’s well-being, as it can cause emotional distress, confusion, and feelings of guilt and loyalty conflict. It is important for parents and professionals involved in custody and visitation disputes to be aware of the potential for MPS and take steps to prevent it from occurring.

©Linda Turner 2023

Q & A – Does my ex have dark triad personality?

The Dark Triad is a term used in psychology to describe three personality traits that are often associated with negative behaviors and outcomes: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.

Narcissism is characterized by an excessive focus on oneself and one’s own needs, as well as a lack of empathy for others. Individuals high in narcissism tend to have an inflated sense of self-importance and may manipulate others to maintain their own sense of superiority.

Machiavellianism is characterized by a focus on power and manipulation. Individuals high in Machiavellianism tend to be skilled at manipulating others to achieve their own goals, often at the expense of others.

Psychopathy is characterized by a lack of empathy and a disregard for social norms and rules. Individuals high in psychopathy tend to be impulsive, prone to risk-taking behavior, and lacking in remorse for their actions.

Individuals who exhibit all three of these traits are often described as having a “Dark Triad” personality. Research has shown that individuals with Dark Triad traits are more likely to engage in harmful or unethical behaviors, such as lying, cheating, and stealing. They may also have difficulty forming and maintaining positive relationships with others.

It’s important to note that not everyone who exhibits one or more of these traits will necessarily engage in negative behavior. However, individuals who exhibit multiple Dark Triad traits may be at higher risk for engaging in harmful or unethical behavior and may benefit from therapy or other forms of support to address these traits and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Q & A – Fake Facebook profiles catfishing

Fake Facebook profiles, also known as catfishing, can have serious psychological consequences for both the person creating the fake profile and the individuals they are interacting with.

For the person creating the fake profile, it may stem from a desire to escape their own identity or to create a sense of power or control over others. This behavior can become addictive, leading to compulsive lying and a lack of trust in relationships.

For the individuals who are interacting with the fake profile, it can be incredibly damaging to their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They may feel deceived, betrayed, or violated, leading to feelings of anger, frustration, or helplessness. In some cases, victims may even experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In addition to the emotional toll, fake Facebook profiles can also have legal consequences. Creating a fake profile with the intention of deceiving or defrauding others can be considered a form of identity theft and can result in criminal charges.

If you suspect that you are interacting with a fake Facebook profile, it’s important to protect your privacy and safety by limiting the personal information you share online. It’s also important to report the fake profile to Facebook and consider seeking support from a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional to help you process your emotions and cope with any negative effects. If you suspect that you may have created a fake profile, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional to address any underlying issues and develop healthier coping strategies.

©Linda Turner 2023

Q & A Psychodiagnostic Assessment

What Does a Psychodiagnostic Assessment Tell Me?

A psychodiagnostic assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s mental health. It typically includes a review of the individual’s medical and psychological history, a physical examination, psychological testing, and interviews with family members and other people who know the individual. The assessment is used to diagnose mental health disorders, identify areas of psychological functioning, and develop treatment plans. It can also provide insight into the individual’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses.

When to use a Psychodiagnostic Assessment?

A psychodiagnostic assessment is typically used when a mental health professional is trying to diagnose a mental health disorder or to assess a person’s psychological functioning. It is also used to evaluate a person’s response to treatment, to assess the risk of harm to self or others, or to determine the need for further psychological services.

Who can use a Psychodiagnostic Assessment?

Psychodiagnostic assessments can be used by mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, to help diagnose mental health disorders and develop treatment plans. They can also be used by school counselors, teachers, and other professionals to assess a child’s cognitive and emotional functioning.

Examples of when to use a Psychodiagnostic assessment

1. To assess the presence of a mental health disorder or to determine the severity of a disorder.

2. To assess the presence of cognitive deficits or to determine the severity of cognitive deficits.

3. To assess the presence of personality traits or to determine the severity of personality traits.

4. To assess the presence of learning disabilities or to determine the severity of learning disabilities.

5. To assess the presence of substance use disorders or to determine the severity of substance use disorders.

Can I request a Psychodiagnostic Assessment on someone else?

No, you cannot request a psychodiagnostic assessment on someone else without their consent. Psychodiagnostic assessments are typically conducted by mental health professionals and require the consent of the person being assessed.

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About Sam Vaknin, Author of Narcissism Book

I am not a mental health professional, though I was certified in Counseling Techniques. I work as a financial consultant to leading businesses and to governments in several countries.”

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