Chatterbox: Down to Earth




And how to deal with them: an advice thread. Looking for advice on my situation, and looking for others who have dealt with similar

When I was younger, I faked things a lot. Luckily it was never quite as bad as it has been for many others I've known (to be specific, I'm not talking about CBers here, but acquaintances and friends from other areas of Roleplaying, like Minecraft) but from that awful situation, I did learn how to recognize people who are faking things a bit better.

Enter S. Scar. She's a casual friend, who's part of the friend group I'm in. We did some fun roleplay together, she was part of this Corrupt Kingdom RP I owned. As she became more active, it was clear she wanted attention. 

She would name herself things like 'Happy Always' and other, similar-sounding things in the group chat. Subtle, oh-so subtle hints that she 'wasn't alright'. She would say that stuff was going on in her life (which is perfectly fine!) and that she would PM some trusted friends about the situation. ...Couldn't she just have PMed them without telling everyone she was going to?

A bit after that, she left the group chat for a break. Came back a while later. She would go on to do this multiple times. 

This next part is the most heavy bit of this entire situation, so I'm going to do my best to gloss over it as well as I can. We roleplay together with other friends, right? Well, her roleplay character has, to say the least, a mental illness that is not handled very well. One that she herself also 'has'. It's a very common but also just heartbreaking type of mental illness, and she's been seen using it to guilt others. That's all we're saying about that.

Now, my personal story is that I have Anxiety (this is not what she is claiming to have). It's my own issue and, honestly, it's not too bad in my case. But would I give any of my characters Anxiety? No, absolutely not! While I've heard it can be therapeutic in certain cases and I completely  condone that, there is utterly no excuse for the level of detail this girl is putting into her character's illness. Not detail as in making the illness as realistic as possible, but as in showing that this character has that illness as much as possible.

I'm sorry for the darker subject matter and I hope that part was suitable as it can be for the Chatterbox. I won't be further elaborating on it. 

I wanted to create this post for advice on the situation I'm in. If you have been in a situation involving fakes, I want to encourage you to share it (as long as you are comfortable with the situation.)

Thanks for reading. I'm sorry I couldn't bring something new or creative to the CB, but I wanted to bring this situation to light. 

My advice is to stop participating in anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.


submitted by Icy, age 14, The Forest
(August 9, 2019 - 10:00 pm)