The Psychology of Internet Trolls [Infographic]

There is nothing more aggravating than a professional troll, doing what he does best: trolling. What would make someone want that kind of life? What goes on in the mind of a troll that compels them to do what they do? Perhaps the troll life chose them, rather than the other way around.

If you were to peek inside the mind of a troll you’d see that it’s filled with various psychological impairments that make them able to troll. By reducing the sense of identity, trolls are able to deviate from social norms much more easily and the anonymity that the Internet provides is the perfect cover. The sense of being invisible on the Internet lets people channel their opinions in an environment where the option to “run away” is available; inflammatory comments go a long way.

So what’s really going on with trolls? Take a look at the infographic below and see for yourself (if you dare).

Psychology of an Internet Troll
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Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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