Saturday, 19 January 2013

Talk about bad timing

I spotted this advert on a bus stop in Dukinfield earlier this evening. If you look you will see it is a Thomson Holidays advert announcing that they are to start using the new Boeing Dreamliner on holidays to Mexico. The advert boasting of this aircraft could not have been placed at a worse time as it is an anti-incentive if anything due to numerous technical faults. Try typing Boeing Dreamliner into the news section of a search engine and see what happens. I wonder if Thomson Holidays can get a refund? They should have bought Airbus instead!


SerpentSlayer said...

This was all over the news days ago and Thompsons didn't pull the ad, I can't imagine it would be too costly but it makes them look silly nonetheless. It looks like Thompsons have been told porkies like everyone else.

Get help N, you are very unwell said...

Dr. J. Reid Meloy, author of Violent Attachments and editor of The Psychology of Stalking, is an expert on stalking behavior. Pathological attachments, he says, most often occur in males and generally start in the fourth decade of their lives. It follows a fairly predictable progression:

Stalkers who are also psychopaths, Meloy says, experience only low levels of empathy or an absence of it altogether. Their relationships tend to be sadistic, based in power over others. He said he believes that this is associated with a lack of early attachment to others in the family. Meloy claims that psychopaths are biologically predisposed to antisocial activity because they have a hyper-reactive autonomic nervous system. Crime or exploiting others excites them. That means they're motivated to do things that heighten their nervous system and have no real conscience about hurting others.

There's no easy way to predict who might become a stalker. It could be a former boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse; a fellow employee who has spotted his target in some casual encounter; a hostile neighbor; a video store clerk; and even a stranger who happens to have seen the victim on the street. Even people who were not abusive prior to their obsession can become so in the throes of it, because according to Janet S. Rulo-Pierson, a hospital counselor, they slowly exchange reality for an imaginary world that's more comforting and empowering.

Stalkers tend to be unemployed or underemployed, but are smarter than other criminals.

They also idealize certain people, minimize what they are doing to resist, project onto people motives and actions that have no basis in truth, and rationalize that the target person deserves to be harassed and violated.

While many stalkers view their actions within a delusional framework and therefore see no need to get help.

Stalkers display an obsessive personality. said...

They are not just interested in, but totally obsessed with the person they are pursuing. Their every waking thought centers on the victim, and every plan the stalker has for the future involves the victim. Ask yourself this. Is the person totally involved in and completely overwhelmed with pursuing someone who has no and never will have any interest in him or her?

Along with obsessive thinking, they also display other psychological or personality problems and disorders. They may suffer from erotomania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and delusional thinking. According to Professor R. Meloy, "these stalkers have rigid personalities and maladaptive styles. These disorders in themselves are very stable and not treatable." There are drugs to treat certain specific mental disorders, but stalkers, when given the choice, seldom continue with their medication or treatment.

Stalkers are above average in intelligence and are usually smarter than the run of the mill person with mental problems.

They will go to great lengths to obtain information about their victims or to find victims who have secretly moved. They have been known to hack into computers, tap telephone lines, take jobs at public utilities that allow them access to the victims or information about the victims, and even to travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to gain information about or find their victims. Stalkers many times use their intelligence to throw others off their trail.

Most stalkers don't have any relationship outside the one they are trying to re-establish or the one they have imagined exists between them and their victim.

Because they are usually loners, stalkers become desperate to obtain this relationship.

Stalkers don't display the discomfort or anxiety that people should naturally feel in certain situations.

Normal individuals would be extremely embarrassed to be caught following other people, going through their trash looking for information about them, leaving obscene notes, and other inappropriate behavior displayed by stalkers. Stalkers, however, don't see this as inappropriate behavior, but only as a means to gain the person's love.

Stalkers often suffer from low self-esteem, and feel they must have a relationship with the victim in order to have any self worth.

Preoccupations with other people almost always involve someone with weak social skills and low self-esteem.

Look carefully again at the traits below and be wary if someone seems to fit these said...

Has an obsessive personality

Above average intelligence

No or few personal relationships

Lack of embarrassment or discomfort at actions

Low self esteem

Sociopathic thinking

Has a mean streak

SerpentSlayer said...

Well, that's me buggered then, If I wasn't a narcissist with a non-existent attention span and little interest in other people I would probably fit that description quite well.

Perhaps if loneliness is a cause, friends would help massively. Problem is that kind of personality alienates everyone. For once I actually blame society, in another time people like this might have more to live for.