It’s not always clear if you are actually being followed. In my case, I was being followed by private investigators for over one year without my permission, and I do believe that I am still being followed by Arthur’s henchmen now and then. Here is a good article I ran across about various methods you can use to 1)determine if you are actually being followed and 2)loose the followers.
I have found that for me, the absolute BEST way to figure out if a person or group was following me was to stop suddenly in my tracks. Often times, the person or individuals would then stop also, usually very awkwardly, waiting for me to do something. Sometimes, the less sophisticated among them would also point in my direction or keep looking furtively back and forth to see what I was doing. I then would turn on my phone and begin filming them, which usually made them frightened enough of exposure to stop following me.
If being followed by car, as in the brighting incident in my youtube film from a previous post with a vehicle flashing it’s lights behind me (which used to happen frequently) slow down, and allow them to pass. They will usually slow down as well, waiting for you to speed up again, but when you don’t, eventually they will pass. At that time you can flash your lights a few times as well. I don’t get followed with brights anymore, because I always reverse bright, and no one likes that.
I have also taken a moment to comprise a chart of the difference between what psychologists call “non-bizarre delusions,” that is, things that could physically happen in real life but which are NOT really happening to a given individual, and actual harassment. Much of the art of psychiatric diagnosis is still highly subjective, and even tests like the MMPI are not entirely free from confounds. For instance, if an individual REALLY IS being followed, the test may give a false positive for paranoia because it only takes into account an individual’s answers on the test, and not actual life circumstances.
|Repeatedly claim events are happening (usually over years) but has no physical proof EXAMPLE – Jean’s spouse has tried to poison her over 100 times but has not succeeded, she’s not physically ill, and has no evidence of tampering.||Claim ongoing repetitious events, but can provide video, audio, eyewitness accounts, and other forms of physical proof of harassment|
|Harrassed in any neighborhood, at all times, and harassment seems to follow them to any and all locations EXAMPLE – No matter where Jeffrey goes he is followed by the CIA.||Harassment is situational, occurs in only certain places, and individual can find respite from harassment in various ways|
|Individual generally has no known enemies and no factors that would provide incentive for someone to harass them||Individual has one or more enemies or others who would benefit financially, socially, or otherwise from having them harmed or seen as mentally incompetent|
|Mood and behavior is usually the same over a lifetime, or if it does change, the change is usually gradual||Mood and behavior changes markedly upon onset of harassment due to stress, depression, and other psychiatric issues caused by harassment|
The above chart is a general guide. Every individual is different and it often takes a very skilled and experienced practitioner to arrive upon the correct diagnosis, especially in the case of a person who is experiencing “non-bizarre” delusions. Another complication in differentiating between a harassed and delusional person is that the harassed person will also become hyper vigilant or primed to expect harassment and may see events which are coincidental as part of the harassment. A good mental health professional also takes into account how functional, independent, and otherwise healthy their patient is to determine the proper course of treatment.