Online anonymity exacerbates the problem of cyber-bullying and internet trolls – creating conditions which support sociopathic and sadistic tendencies – giving full reign for pseudo expression with no accountability. It is thought that engagement with cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking actually increases the participant’s psychopathic tendencies and that the ‘I can’t see you, you can’t see me’ environment allows those with such tendencies to attack their victims oblivious to the serious effects on their victims (Buckels et al., 2014).
In her cyber-bully persona Esther Rockett has developed an account of her targets that is pure fiction. One of the emerging aspects of the cyber-bullying phenomenon is that subclinical traits of sociopathy are developed and nurtured by the online environment, in particular being able to project onto the victim any persona and reality that serves the cyber-bully’s purposes and being able to say anything anonymously without accountability.
Do you know a cyber-bully, a troll or a cyber-stalker? It is possible that you would not know, they may be tucked away in a sleepy country town, a leafy suburban street or a city block.
Esther Mary Rockett Acupuncturist is a cyber-bully and cyber-stalker, who now conducts a practice in Acupuncture from Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay – she previously advertised that she specialised in women’s health and could provide treatment for amongst other things, menopausal symptoms, menstrual disorders, and infertility. Her more recent claims are more modest, only referring to ‘treating a broad range of internal and external conditions’ and offering treatment in women’s health generally.
This is Esther Rockett’s public persona, however, in a hidden life, Esther Rockett Acupuncturist has a passion for cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking with secret and hidden identities – Darkly Venus and Pranic Princess (to name a few) – her alter egos that she expresses through online. In her own mind it appears Esther Rockett and her alter egos Darkly Venus and Pranic Princess believe she is on a mission to save the world from the ‘Serge Benhayon cult’ having formed the deluded view that Serge Benhayon is a dangerous cult leader and that there is such a thing as a ‘Universal Medicine cult’.
Whatever this deluded and self-aggrandising view of herself and her online mission Esther Rockett has never had any basis to consider Universal Medicine as a cult, it is a complete fiction, except for the malicious and deluded view of her collaborator Lance Martin.
Behind closed doors Esther Rockett cyberbully has an outlet for her malicious intentions and what appears to be a developing sadistic streak in which she evidently takes delight in harming other people. Psychological research suggests that cyber-bullying can be a trigger for psychosis, indeed as time progresses, and there appears to be no developing audience for her malicious blogs, she has made up more and more outlandish and disgusting stories about her targets. When observers have read some of this material it has been described as ‘quite mad’ or the ‘woman is obviously unhinged’.
Since being exposed as a cyber-bully Esther Rockett has been scrambling to rescue her reputation, rebadging herself as Esther Rockett Health Care Activist. Even starting a new website in an apparent attempt to distance herself from her previous maligned conduct. However, it is a little difficult to represent yourself as a Health Care Activist with such an extensive toxic digital footprint.
Buckels, E.E., Tapnell, PD, Paulhus, D.L. (2014). ‘Trolls just want to have fun’. Personality and Individual Differences, in press