Ghosting, in parallel with orbiting, is a more or less common practice that has emerged with social networks. Ghosting is considered to be psychological violence, and that’s an understatement. It is very easy to recognize the signs of ghosting when you are a victim of it. It’s simply the 2.0 way to abruptly cut someone off. The “ghosted” person is left hanging without any explanation, and this, overnight. The interruption is felt very palpably by the victim of the ghosting.
If your partner has cut off all contact with you without giving any explanation, let alone an apology, you are surely a victim of ghosting. The “ghoster” no longer responds to messages. It sends no response. He doesn’t call anymore either. If you experience this kind of abrupt disconnection, it is probably ghosting. Disconnection concerns all means of communication and especially social networks. “Ghosting is a phenomenon that appeared in 2007, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… It’s a total disconnection of a cyber link”, explains the philosopher Vincent Cespedes.
There are two kinds of ghosting: defensive and offensive.
Defensive ghosting is, according to philosopher Vincent Cespedes, a way to end a relationship for a person who is too obsessed with their partner. She abruptly ends the relationship to protect herself. It can also be a defense mechanism to get out of a relationship that hurts too much. Offensive ghosting is all about perverse manipulation that can be used to achieve different goals. Ghosting, in its offensive form, can be used to attract the attention of another. In other cases, it can also be the way to hurt another or simply to avoid responsibility.