Prosperity produces competitive intelligence which produces replication of our work. Imitation produces alterations in our versions. Variations of our own materials produce professional survival. Survival produces prosperity. Prosperity produces (you guessed it!) competitive espionage again. And, so it goes. Professional spies see themselves as superior human beings (proud of being part of a brutality cult) who are not bound by any ordinary rules of conduct, because they are all superior in their fellowship that non-believers or outsiders can never comprehend.
Be wary of unusual or inappropriate questions. Usually they are innocent in nature, but not always. Your competition knows how to play on your sympathy and good nature to get close to you. Professional opponents will try to get the dirt on their competitors. They will attempt to get to their estranged family members and friends, the worst of their enemies, their disgruntled employees, ex-boyfriends or ex-spouses, just about anyone they can use in order to gather information to destroy their competitors personal and professional character. They will cause confusion and distraction and emotional carnage.
What to do? Document the incidences as they occur and the truth. That is the reward, exposing the truth. Never confront an opponent directly and never let on what you know about what they are doing because it can put you in jeopardy. Always be polite, cool-headed but, hyper-alert. Do an intelligent and professional job recording facts and most importantly, the truth. Publish it all on the Internet on every website and every blog you can – repeatedly, as much and as often as possible. All of it, every word, every picture, every video, and every loss you sustain– document and report it. Do not let yourself become a passive victim. You’ll be creating a recorded account to take to administrators of justice that will reveal the details of the torment caused by the professional savages who have beaten your reputation down and who may have an even more frightening agenda planned for you.
Competitive intelligence can produce horrific fear and anxiety that can result in a breakdown. It is intended to distract and entrap its targets and to keep the intended professionals from participating in their work, crippling them financially and impeding their ability to earn a decent living.
It can also lead to professional exclusion in the form of blacklisting. To counteract blacklisting get professional critiques from people who think well of you and your work professionally. Keep producing new material as proof and copyright everything. Send this material to people in your inner circle, to your friends, associates and especially to yourself. And, be discreet about the people you have in your corner by protecting their identity. Later on, if and when you need it, you will have their support and their backup information which will show you were rated well and on paper, even if these persons become infiltrated by your competition, you will still have this proof if they want to say something different…and it is very likely they may – if given enough incentive. Written and recorded backup is always the best support around.
Lastly, should you discover that you are being shunned professionally or excluded socially and computer systems broken into, your work secretly stolen, revised and sold without your knowledge – just know, that it’s more common than you might imagine. It appears to be happening more often these days to everyone.
It has been said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but I disagree. When our hard-earned accolades are challenged by those who have not put in the time or who are not vested, and we find ourselves disgraced by their lies and exaggerations to professionals we may not even know, there is little to be complemented by. This is a serious issue that is worthy of looking into deeper since it is seriously under-addressed in our field.
The best way to counteract these attacks is to continue to feel good about yourself and what you are doing. Don’t listen to the rubbish your competitors say about you in their attempt to diminish your reputation and neutralize your efforts to get back on your feet. Stand up and don’t let them intimidate you. It is possible to survive professionally with skillful navigation. Regardless of the destruction accomplished, the best advice is to always remain positive and open to new possibilities.
Copyright©2010 All right reserved – Victoria L. Rayner
For More Information on the Subject:
The New McCarthyism by Matthew Rothschild, January 2002 Issue http://www.progressive.org/0901/roth0102.html