There's been an ongoing epidemic of people faking who they are online, ranging from catfishes on dating sites to people pretending to be who they aren't on social sites like GaG. But the reality is catfishing has ALWAYS been around as a matter of fact, even offline. People lie about who they truly are in real life all the time. But being online of course makes it much easier. These people are most likely fat basement dwellers, ugly assholes who are pretending to be good looking, psychologically imbalanced individuals, people who have a sick sense of fun and men trying to be women and the other way around.
But why do people do this exactly? Are they just sad loser's who don't have anything better to do? Disturbed psychologically? Shitty person? Some sort of an addiction? Well yes to all of those but let's look at what types of liars these people are and their psychological profiles are.
First off let's put them into different categories of catfishing:
Types of Catfish
These people can be in social games or even non-social games, social websites, dating websites, and more. You can get hit bit a catfish almost anywhere on the internet.
Catfishes come in many forms and aren't a one shoe fits all kind of thing.
These people's goals are to simply get revenge. They think a person has done harm against them and they seek to make a person's life miserable.
No real goals or real motivations besides messing around with people. Too much time on their hand and probably a loser who sits in their basement.
Unrequited love catfish
These are the type that are in love with someone and don't think their looks are good enough so they fake who they look like in hopes of having some sort of chance.
The catfish who just wants chaos and to break hearts. Kind of like the serial killer of the catfish world.
The type of catfish who uses loneliness as an excuse. Usually just want conversations and they use a good looking profile to get that.
Opposite gender catfish
These people can often be gay or have some sick sense of humor of tricking someone into thinking they're actually dating the same gender.
Pickup artists catfish
These people use the internet to just practice their game on different women/men and to meet new people.
These catfishes have turned catfishing into a sort of business. They lure horny guys into giving credit card information or even sometimes blackmailing them into giving money.
So from these types alone obviously they all would have different psychological profiles and different reasons, or none at all. But they all create fake persona's to get what they want.
The psychological profiles of a catfish
Well there are many reason's why someone would catfish on sites and all of them are pretty fucking stupid if you ask me. But maybe I just need to put my mind in the mind of a catfish.
So catfishes are actually quite complex, they aren't simple people by far.
These people ARE predators, they lure people in and pounce on their prey. They hold little to no empathy for their prey which also makes them a little bit narcissistic as well to a degree.
Their life is not interesting
Their life may not be interesting so they use the internet to create a form of fantasy, a fictional universe where they use their prey to make it happen and to make it "real".
They take out their failures on other people
These people can also be very cruel to people that have no involvement in their failures. They often just want to hurt someone for the sake of hurting someone and wanting to take out all of their anger on someone. This is often because of rejection
No motive's at all
Some have little to no motives besides creating a sick sense of fun for themselves. They just like screwing around with their prey and find some sort of weird empowerment out of it. These catfish can be the worst kind.
Less heartless kind
Some aren't the worst but they are still catfishing. Usually this kind can't connect well to people out of the internet so they create fake persona's online or more than one to fulfill their needs. But to them it doesn't matter if it's a lie, they get excitement and fun out of it.
Most don't look into the future
Have you ever wondered why a catfish never thinks of the future? Well the reason behind that is because they're so into the moment. They trap themselves into the fantasy of the moment and refuse to think of what could happen in the future.
Some just want cheap entertainment and want a few laughs from making someone believe their fake persona.
Addicted to lying
Some just can't stop lying which makes them pathological liars. They have little actual motives behind the lying.
Keep it mind, a catfish can be many of these, a few or just one.
How to avoid a catfish
1. Never having access to a webcam or rarely ever show their face.
2. They can't immediately send you pictures of themselves.
3. Always making excuses about meeting in real life, often the excuses are trying to provoke sympathy.
4. Rarely will give a physical address
5. If they do give out social media it will most likely have little followers or friends and if they have pictures with other people they will have no tags.
6. They may start talking romantically VERY fast, maybe in the first day.
7. If the person seems too good to be true, they may actually be too good to be true.
8. If they look like they're a model or mildly famous, they could be a catfish
9. They will avoid talking on the phone or on any kind of voice chat, but keep in mind voice changers do exist.
These all are not 100% telltale signs that the person is a catfish, but if a person has many or even a few of these, it's possible that they are.
If you're catfishing on this site, well fuck you.