Syndromes & Delusions

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: The Dark Side – Schadenfreude

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: The Dark Side - Schadenfreude For Many Years We Have Attempted To Understand The Obsessions Many Scam Victims Experience With Scammer Photos! [lwptoc depth="3" numeration="none"] Most victims, especially those that are still carrying substantial anger argue that they want to see scammer photos to avoid future scams. But there is something deeper in this replacement addiction - replacing the addiction of the scam for a new addiction (or obsession) with scammer photos. [...]

Survivorship Bias & Romance Scams – Psychology of Scams

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Cognitions and Trauma – The Psychology of Scams

Cognitions and Trauma - The Psychology of Scams Traumatic experiences can affect and alter cognition for scam victims. From the outset, trauma challenges the just-world or core life assumptions that help individuals navigate daily life. For example, it would be difficult to leave the house in the morning if you believed that the world was not safe, that all people are dangerous, or that life holds no promise. The belief that one’s efforts and intentions [...]

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Why You Can’t Stop Looking At The Stolen Face

SCARS™ Psychology of Scams: Why You Can't Stop Looking At The Stolen Face Why Some People Can't Stop Thinking About Their Exes - Ex-Scammer's Stolen Face How are you dealing with a fake relationship breakup? Some people throw themselves into depression, some into anger, some try to work through it with work, or some through hunting down scammers and "exposing them". These can all be efforts to distract themselves from the heartache and the trauma [...]