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Online internet trolls are psychopaths and sadists, psychologists claim
Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014 | Kashmira Gander

Posted on 02/17/2014 10:47:50 PM PST by Olog-hai

Canadian researchers have confirmed what most people suspected all along: that internet trolls are archetypal Machiavellian sadists.

In a survey conducted by the group of psychologists, people who partake in so-called trolling online showed signs of sadism, psychopathy, and were Machiavellian in their manipulation of others and their disregard for morality.

The researchers defined online trolling as “the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet” for no purpose other than their pleasure. …

(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: anotherstudy; dannyh; internet; psychobabble; psychopath; sadist; trolls

1 posted on 02/17/2014 10:47:52 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

2 posted on 02/17/2014 10:50:34 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: Olog-hai

So in other words they are Democrats.


3 posted on 02/17/2014 10:51:15 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (The more you know, the more you realize that you don't know.)
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To: Olog-hai

They did a study to learn this?


4 posted on 02/17/2014 11:00:03 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Olog-hai

Well it’s better than letting them act out their negative empathy and parastitic need for attention in the real world, I guess.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 11:10:17 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Olog-hai

What about the ones that are paid by OFA?


6 posted on 02/17/2014 11:13:49 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Brandonmark

I always thought that “troll” was a reference to “trolling”, as in fishing. Looking for a bite.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 11:14:53 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

That’s the origin.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 11:22:26 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet

The MSM meme will be that this describes right-to-lifers, heterosexuals, Tea Partiers, global warming sceptics, evangelicals, observant Catholics, whites and men.

We will all be trolls.

9 posted on 02/17/2014 11:33:32 PM PST by Praxeologue
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To: Olog-hai

Think of the possibilities here. Trolling is supposedly a sign of a severe mental problem. If they could actually establish that then all that remains is to redefine trolling as disputing whatever PC dogma is being discussed and voila! You have an entirely new weapon against dissident speech.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 11:56:43 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

Sounds very USSR-like indeed. Anyone who couldn’t understand the “benefits of communism” or rejected atheism in favor of religion got labeled “mentally ill” and was sent to the special doctors.


11 posted on 02/18/2014 12:01:19 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I personally know two men who found their current wives on the internet. Both of the women were married to other men at the time. I’ve met the two women and I’m not sure it’s the man or the woman who got the short end of the stick. I know both men henpecked and do what they’re told. What these men who think they’re so smart aren’t really smart enough to see is, the women let them THINK they’re in charge.

I’m sure there are those who find their true loves on the internet. I just don’t understand why they can’t meet people like it used to be done. The internet should be used to get sex and leave it at that. Don’t get married! It was just sex!


12 posted on 02/18/2014 12:41:08 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

No need to get into the spirit of the thread merely because of the title.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 12:58:55 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Numerous TSA agents have been discovered to be sexual sadists and psychopaths. #TRUESTORY


14 posted on 02/18/2014 1:31:34 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Former Orlando TSA officer gets probation in sex-slave case
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/18/10 | Anthony Colarossi and Walter Pacheco
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2537564/posts

...and it’s relevant because I don’t pay the salaries of internet trolls.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 1:36:57 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Olog-hai; Darksheare

They studied trolls without calling us?


16 posted on 02/18/2014 1:42:46 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: VerySadAmerican
What these men who think they’re so smart aren’t really smart enough to see is, the women let them THINK they’re in charge.

LOL! I think you will find this is often the case. I know, not in your house (snort!)

17 posted on 02/18/2014 2:04:39 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Olog-hai

Trolling or not, most people pay for their internet access. If they want to troll, I say let ‘em troll as long as they’re paying their bill.


18 posted on 02/18/2014 2:16:39 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Olog-hai

And all this time I thought they were just typical Democrats.


19 posted on 02/18/2014 2:30:17 AM PST by pallis
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To: Olog-hai

Hahahahahahahaha...I had no idea what to make of that post, but your reply hit the funny bone for me...:)


20 posted on 02/18/2014 3:08:13 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: dr_lew

I have an acquaintance that was a cop and he used the word “trolling” for going to known homo prostitute hangouts in plainclothes and making busts for solicitation.

I always used to bust on him in asking if he has gone trolling lately.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 3:27:57 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Olog-hai

Actually, trolling is what most of the press does every day.

When they put up a headline that grabs your attention but either leaves relevant facts out or only provide a critical reversing fact at the end of the story, it’s doing the same thing.


22 posted on 02/18/2014 3:39:22 AM PST by fruser1
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
"So in other words they are Democrats."


23 posted on 02/18/2014 4:12:31 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: dr_lew

I always thought troll referred to the thing living under the bridge trying to trap the 3 Billy Goats Gruff.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 4:14:53 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Olog-hai

All part of the campaign to end anonymous posting of comments on the Internet. Its a campaign that’s working quite well from what I’ve observed.

Of course, the result is that only those who agree with the viewpoint of a particular newspaper or website, (HuffPost for example), surrender their autonomy and submit comments. The result of course is to silence any opposing views and to insure that anyone who does post opposing views is easily identified and made traceable.

Its part of the end game for the Progressives to take over the internet and silence any opposing views.


25 posted on 02/18/2014 4:27:31 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Olog-hai
There's a local sportsman's website that has a political forum and a libtard that is accusing me of being a "paid" troll.........LOL!

I wish I could find out how to get paid, I might give up my retirement.

26 posted on 02/18/2014 4:33:36 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: Olog-hai

I hoped the study talked about disinhibition

Normal people will really push their boundaries if they feel anonymous and they aren’t communicating with others face-to-face. Basically, people lose their inhibition.

I don’t really think most trolls are psychopaths - you do it because you can and get away with it.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 4:44:45 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Olog-hai

You (and Kennard and saganite) have the right of it.
I cannot recall any conversation with a leftist that DIDN’T contain ignorance, lies, or projection.
Projection is dumping off their inadequacies onto another.
WHY they must do this is important to understand.

The truth is - they are full of self-loathing, and cannot stand the portrait of themselves that introspective analysis reveals.
It is an emotional compulsion, projection.
Their hollowness demands servitude to its corrosive dictates.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 4:47:10 AM PST by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: Olog-hai; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

29 posted on 02/18/2014 5:53:14 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Hot Tabasco

“I wish I could find out how to get paid, I might give up my retirement. “

Your check is in the mail, probably delayed due to all the “global warming” on the roads. :-)


30 posted on 02/18/2014 5:59:37 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Olog-hai

Doesn’t seem right.
There’s trolls, and the predatory creatures that hunt them.
Can’t study the psychology of one without the other.


31 posted on 02/18/2014 6:48:59 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
So in other words they are Democrats.

Yeah, and other assorted sociopaths...

32 posted on 02/18/2014 8:13:02 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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33 posted on 02/18/2014 8:56:30 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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