Characteristics of a Stalker

The profile of a stalker
Relationship to victim:   Sometimes they are prior intimate partners, but more often the stalker desires a relationship with an acquaintance.
Obsessed:   They constantly think about or fantasize about the victim. The fantasies can be love oriented or angry and vengeful.
Rejected:   Many stalkers have a history of failed relationhsips or have trouble communicating with others.
Intelligent:   Most stalkers are intelligent and they carefully plan their stalking behavior. Most just lack social skills.
Motivated:   Stalkers can be motivated by thinking that their victim is the only one they can ever love or they want revenge against someone who hurt them.

Common Stalker Characteristics
  • Jealous
  • Manipulative
  • Narcissistic
  • Deceptive
  • Obsessive and compulsive
  • Falls instantly in love
  • Socially awkward or uncomfortable
  • Needs to be in control
  • Depends on others for sense of self
  • Unable to cope with rejection
  • Sense of entitlement (you owe me!)
  • Unable to take NO for an answer
  •  Does not take responsibility for own feelings or actions.
(Information in this section taken from West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services,