There is a gal in my (offline) life that copies everything I do. She’s been at it for more than two years. Wherever I go and whatever I do, she shows up on the scene and becomes the fake me. She’s taken on my mannerisms, my ideology and philosophies, while she simultaneously challenging. It’s as if she’s not just me, she’s the better me, except for the fact she’s inauthentic.
The list of ways she’s done this is long and varied. I think you’d be shocked if I were to outline them. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, personally speaking. I guess it’s a form of stalking.
As a (fabricated) example, let’s say I go to the grocery store at 7 am. This is my routine. Next thing I know, there she is at the grocery store at 7 am. But it’s a lot deeper than that. She does not just run into me; she attempts to step into my shoes and be me, eradicating me in the process. It’s as if she comes on the scene, dramatically inflated. I am no longer needed at that point. The bigger, better me has arrived!
I know this is not real. I’m a deep character. My energy is strong and unique. She is veneer, but her dedication to this project is something to behold.
I’m curious about the psychology of this situation. I found this note by an anonymous person:
“Copying can also be a sign that the person has a very low self-esteem and may not know of any other way to fit in socially but to copy another person’s bio or philosophies on life.
There’s also the possibility that the person copying lacks the intelligence to articulate their opinions in an appropriate manner thus has the need to imitate someone else’s ideas.”
These are great remarks but I wonder if anyone else has ideas or experience with this.
What do you think?