Dr. Claude Eguevive, a psychiatrist from Béziers and an expert at the Court of Appeal of Montpellier, deciphers this exceptional phenomenon, which he, however, has already encountered in his career.
What is this creepy pasta phenomenon?
Creepy means frightening, and paste is used to represent an amalgam: it is an amalgam of the frightening. The first murders of this type were committed by teenagers in the early 2010s, most notably in 2014 in Wisconsin, USA. It usually has more to do withn with girls than with boys, and as an expert, I already had two different facts in our region related to cravings for Creepy pasta. It remains very exceptional, I haven’t heard from him for three or four years. As far as I know, there is no global work. on these issues, which every time cause very strong excitement in the countries where they arise.
How does it work?
On these teenagers, somehow captured by images, who fell under the influence of a virtual character, a phenomenon of control is created. Either they’re alone in their room, facing the screen without their parents noticing, or they’re telling stories together. I know these stories from what teenagers told me. They are a bit like the stories of white ladies, and we are close to the stories about wolves that parents with trembling told their children. Unless there are children alone in front of the screen, scaring themselves with entities that come at night, menacing characters, stories about corpses hidden under the mattress, a whole frightening fantasy. These are teenagers who have a certain vulnerability, most often due to language disorders or are emotionally neglected: they do not speak written language, they are captured by images.
How do they come to kill?
They are fascinated by an imaginary character who is first an avatar, then becomes a double of himself, then acts in the place of a minor, no longer having the capacity for self-criticism. At the psychological level, this leads to the phenomenon of derealization, loss of identity, they cease to have a distance, a critical feeling, they become alienated. these fantastic characters. We are in a situation of influence, they are under the influence of a virtual character that does not exist. It’s horrible. As for the character of Jeff the Killer, we have small episodes in which he takes on short criminal missions, and those who write these scripts defy the oedipal conflict of early adolescence. It is Jeff who comes to the aid of an unhealthy teenager who is about to stick to this insane project of parricide or matricide, similar to what Jeff is doing. He will give the teenager, through what he realizes, the means to get rid of the parent. At this age, there is a particular vulnerability when a person tries to build an identity outside the family. Teenagers fall for it. We build behind closed doors ua story that resonates with its own weaknesses and its own conflicts. We think we’re killing the imaginary father, but we’re killing the real father because Jeff the Killer is slowly becoming real.
Indeed, if they had not distanced themselves from Jeff the killer, they would never have committed these crimes.
What can parents do to avoid these abuses?
We are in communication between the staging of very traumatic images and the brains of our fragile teenagers. And further the process of radicalization as a result of constant existence in front of the screen. We come to accumulate dozens of hours in a row around these characters, raving about them, and there is an addiction and grasping that is created. It’s the same impact as images of beheadings broadcast by terrorists who will one day bring a teenager across the world to enter a police station and stab him. But the roots of it all are lack of hindsight and emotional rejection. It is also the responsibility of those who create these images, which they know only teenagers see.
These extremely serious facts should prompt the national education and the state to offer education to the media, since today the time spent in front of the screen is more than the time at school. We must prepare new teacher courses that can support the use of the screen by the child and help parents in a difficult situation. My advice to parents: don’t let your kids lock themselves in your room, watch what they eat, go into their storywatch it with your children, talk to them about it, ask for help if you can’t.