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SCARS|EDUCATION™ Psychology of Scams: Screen Time, Sleep Deprivation, and Romance Scams

SCARS|EDUCATION™ Psychology of Scams: Screen Time, Sleep Deprivation, and Romance Scams The Effects of Screen Time on Health Extract of an article by Dr. Gadi Lissak, Behavioral Medicine Psychologist & Biofeedback Specialist, on the effects of screen time on the health of children, adolescents, and adults. Introduction The variety of devices enabling media consumption is constantly increasing, and there is constant improvement in their technological capabilities.  However, one of the constant common characteristics [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else!

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else! Why Scam Victims Don’t Disclose Being A Victim Being a scam victim is often not disclosed to anyone for many years. Some people may never disclose. When it happens, disclosure is often a process, not a single event. For example, an individual may first provide hints about a scam; if the response is supportive, then more information is shared. Over time, [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Victims’ Recovery: Volunteering

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Victims' Recovery: Volunteering After A Romance Scam, You Find That You Have Huge Amounts Of Time And Nothing To Do - No One To Talk To! The Answer Is Actually Simple If you are looking to fill in the time, get out of your own head, and make friends you first have to make connections. Online connections rarely become friends because they are either too fake, too far, nothing in common, or too [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: Knowledge Matters To Scam Victims

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: Knowledge Matters To Scam Victims Why Is Knowledge And Education So Important For Romance Scam Victims? One of the main reasons you were scammed was ignorance about the real risks online. Not only ignorance of the risks, but also a lack of general awareness about the trends that affect your life online. A big part of the recovery process is regaining control of your own life and being able to evaluate the risks that [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Victims’ Assistance: Finding Real Trauma Support For Romance Scams Victims

SCARS|RSN™ Victims' Assistance: Finding Real Trauma Support For Romance Scams Victims Far Too Many Romance Scam Victims Have Experienced Significant Trauma As A Result Of The Manipulations They Experienced During Their Scam. The trauma of a romance scam can be significant and devastating, with long term consequences if untreated. We recommend a combination approach to helping you recover: Education - learning what happened and how - you can start on www.RomanceScamsNow.com is the most complete [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: Victims Are Still Victims

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: Victims Are Still Victims Victims Forget What Being Surrounded By Other Victims Really Means One of the tremendously difficult things about being in a community of victims is that people forget what that means. Too often, victims believe they are recovered and they are not. They believe they can never be scammed again but they can. They believe that they were not affected yet are deeply traumatized. Being around scam victims is just [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: How Trauma Can Impact Four Types of Memory [Infographic]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: How Trauma Can Impact Four Types of Memory [Infographic] Trauma Can Have A Profound Impact On A Person’S Memory And Traumatic Memory Can Affect Not Only The Brain, But Also The Body And Nervous System As Well. But conceptualizing how trauma can impact the different types of memory can be challenging, so we created a free tool for practitioners to use with clients that breaks down this process.     [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Guilt vs. Shame! [Infographic]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Guilt vs. Shame! [Infographic] What Are The Differences Between Guilt And Shame? And how could it help our clients to have a better understanding of those differences? Here is a side-by-side comparison of these powerful emotions created by the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine » Because understanding these differences could help scam victims begin to dismantle their negative self-judgments. NICABM Infographic Shame   Thank you NICABM [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Scam Obsession – Becoming Scam Junkie

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Scam Obsession - Becoming Scam Junkie Some Victims Replace The Obsession Of The Scam With Another Obsession About Scams Unfortunately, some scam victims simply cannot turn away from the scam once it has ended. Those Of Us That Assist Scam Victims Cannot Turn Away From Scams We are forced to deal with scams and scammers on a daily basis. We write about them, report scammers, and help victims. This activity [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: The Dark Side – Schadenfreude

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: The Dark Side - Schadenfreude For Many Years We Have Attempted To Understand The Obsessions Many Scam Victims Experience With Scammer Photos! 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. It [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: How To Confront A Scam Victim In Total Denial

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: How To Confront A Scam Victim In Total Denial What To Say To A Romance Scam Addict In Denial IMPORTANT: If you are a victim and you are reading this - IT DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU! You are already working through your scam, you are seeking knowledge and help to address what happened to you. This document is about scam victims who refuse to accept that they are being scammed. [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery:  Do You Believe In Prophecies?

SCARS|RSN™ Recovery:  Do You Believe In Prophecies? For most scam victims, from the moment when the scam ends is uncharted territory. We have turned to our own Oracles to lay down our prophecies for Scam Victims just like you! The Past Prophecies: You could not have prevented it - you were powerless under the manipulation of the scammer You were conditioned to perform as the scammer wanted You may have suspected it was a scam but [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Humor As A Tool In Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Humor As A Tool In Scam Victim Recovery Humor Has Long Been Recognized As More Than Mere Fun And Games It presents an alternative means of expressing criticism about injustices, arrogance, pretentions or hypocrisies that can’t socially (or legally) be expressed otherwise. Gallows humor often is viewed as an expression of resilience and hope that has the power to soothe suffering. When the minority has few tools to combat an oppressive [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: The “Pig Pen” Syndrome

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: The "Pig Pen" Syndrome "SHIT HAPPENS" IS THE OLD SAYING Sometimes It Happens A Lot And Doesn't Stop - Did You Ever Think You Might Be The Cause? Some people believe in the Karmic Wheel, but while that may influence luck on a long-term scale, it probably is not the cause. Pig Pen from the Peanuts The Cause Is What We Call The "Pig Pen Syndrome." "Pig-Pen" is a major male character [...]

SCARS|RSN Psychology of Scams: Scam Victim Selfishness – A Common Behavior That Leads To Romance Scams?

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology of Scams: Scam Victim Selfishness - A Common Behavior That Leads To Romance Scams? Is One Of The Primary Motivations For Falling For Scams Based Upon Selfishness? This article will be hard to read and at times it will make you angry. Please read the whole article and do not stop half-way or not just the headline or you will not understand. An Unpleasant Component Of The Scam Victim'S Behavior This [...]

SCARS|RSN Insight: Why Do You Think You Were Scammed?

SCARS|RSN™ Insight: Why Do You Think You Were Scammed? Are You Still Doing The Same High-Risk Things That Got You Scammed? You Wanted To Believe You Did Not See What Was There You Made False Assumptions You Did Not Question Anything PROBLEM IS THAT MOST VICTIMS ARE STILL DOING THAT! ARE YOU? Why Were You Scammed? Are You Still Doing The Same Things? Are you still doing that in the Social Media Friends [...]