On Internet Trolls


This is a comment I made in response to this post at Psych Central regarding people who make deliberately nasty and inflammatory comments.

There are some truly horrible, miserable people out there who love making others feel bad. When I first started blogging, even though I was in my forties, I was all starry-eyed and hopeful that I would find like-minded sorts who would enjoy my offbeat writing and might find me interesting as well. I thought I could enlighten people about the fact that we who live with mental illness are really just people with a few added challenges.
That was seven years ago. These days I am part of a couple of team blogs and we do not allow search engines to find our blogs. We moderate comments. We are far more leery of putting ourselves out there. We all discovered the hard way about the truly awful people.
Really, they are just cowards. But unless one has a self-esteem of steel, which most of us don’t, they can really tear a person down. It’s a pity anyone has to behave so awfully.