Stalkers are fixated, obsessed and narcissistic. They are often self absorbed, have a sense of entitlement and have an inability to take other perspectives into consideration. Their motivations may differ but their abusive behaviour is comparable. Below are some common stalker typologies and motivations.
- Rejected stalker (ex-intimate) who follows their victim in order to reverse, correct, or take revenge after a rejection such as separation or a divorce.
- Resentful stalker who carries out a campaign of abuse because of a sense of being wronged by the victim. They are mainly motivated by a desire to frighten and distress the victim.
- Intimacy seeking stalker who seeks to establish an intimate, loving relationship with their victim. Such stalkers often believe that the victim is a long-sought-after soul mate, and they were ‘meant’ to be together.
- Incompetent suitor who have a fixation or sense of entitlement to an intimate relationship with those who have attracted their interest. Their victims are most often already in a dating relationship with someone else.
- Predatory stalkers who will spy on their victim in order to plan a physical attack.