Narcissism 101: “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun”

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths and Sadists – Canadian study proves it

In this month’s issue of Personality and Individual Differences, a study was published (link is external) that confirms what we all suspected: Internet trolls are horrible people.

Let’s start by getting our definitions straight: An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

What kind of person would do this? Some Canadian researchers decided to find out.

They conducted two online studies with over 1,200 people, giving personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their Internet commenting behavior. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the “Dark Tetrad” of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism.

They found that Dark Tetrad scores were highest among people who said trolling was their favorite Internet activity. To get an idea of how much more prevalent these traits were among Internet trolls, see this figure from the paper:

Look at how low the Dark Tetrad scores are for everyone except the trolls! Their scores for all four traits soar on the chart. The relationship between trolling and the Dark Tetrad is so significant that the authors write in their paper:

“… the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.” [emphasis added]

Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article): “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”

The next time you encounter a troll online, remember:

These trolls are some truly difficult people.
It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them.


Buckels, Erin E., Paul D. Trapnell, and Delroy L. Paulhus. “Trolls just want to have fun.” Personality and Individual Differences67 (2014): 97-102.


PDF:  Trolls Just Want to Have Fun peer reviewed research on internet trolls

Narcissism 101: “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun”

I made this video about the same topic, ref;


I know they say “don’t feed the trolls”.  However I am aware of who my troll is, and he has tried for over a decade to do terrible damage to our family.
I sorted it out in this video for anyone who is interested that knows us.

He attempts to turn it around and claim that I am trolling him.  Oh boy.  So I responded here;  My Social Media Account * None are anonymous  (except once when I did a satire video, but I clearly made sure people knew it was me, doing satire, and I was not attempting to be a coward and actually troll someone, I was just mocking my troll)

And I have really wasted too much time with this.  So I am done, and I have said all that I have to say about the troll.

One thing to keep in mind here, is that the person on the other side of this issue, Brandon Hertel has a decade + history of trolling, harassing, and giving “false information” to people.
Before he created this issue with me, I had not looked up his criminal history.  However, after this issue where he sent his daddy to fight me, I looked up his criminal history here:   and he has multiple charges of “phone harassment” and “giving false information” & “terroristic threats”  He also has a series of restraining orders.
Trolling false information

Trolling false information


 Interestingly enough, this is something that I don’t see on other people’s criminal records, is that many of his crimes have been “sealed by the court”.  Hmmmm?

Brandon Wade Hertel Cases sealed by the court

Brandon Wade Hertel Cases sealed by the court

He goes around saying “this person picks on my because they are a narcissist” and “this person picks on me, because…”.  About many people.  This has gone on since he was in grade school.   However, it looks like instead of being the victim, after looking at his criminal record, he is the perpetrator.

I think what gives me the most pause is when he brings up the Bible and says  “You should just turn the other cheek”.

This is what the Bible says about an unrepentant brother; and in this video I publicly accepted his offer to fight me (it was a few days later that he sent his step daddy over to fight);

So why respond?  Well for one, I don’t call the cops on people usually.  I try to handle things myself.  He has been in trouble for “false accusations” multiple times in the last decade, and “harassment”.  He is doing this to me and my family right now, so instead of calling the police, I am just exposing what is really going on.   Rather than just ignoring it, and letting him smear me.  I am responding with the truth, similar to what it says in Matthew 18:15-17
updates from 2018 (it never stops), this is from youtube (where he goes by “Charlie Panda”)
I wrote a blog once about a guy named Brandon. Now I have had this person call the cops on me, and harass me for a long time. I never called the cops on him, and I never took action against him. He kept threatening me online. And since I lived down the street from him, and owned a business in the same town as him. I made a video telling him that if he wanted to make good on his threats, he could come to my business. I made the video, so that he knew I wouldn’t be involving the police if something came of it. Me calling him on, to accept his offer to fight, was my way of keeping the police out of it. But what happened? He called his daddy to do the fighting, and then they called the police on me. When the police came, they asked “do you want to press charges”. What did I say? I said “no”, and I said “If they want to fight me, i am not afraid to meet them to fight”. This is all recorded on police evidence. Anyway, after all was said and done. I looked up this guy’s police record. What did I find? I found a long list of harassment charges (trolling). There was-
  1. Multiple counts of phone harassment
  2. Multiple counts of terroristic threats
  3. Mulitple counts of “false accusations”
  4. Aggrevated assault (meaning this guy was too much of a pussy to fight with his fists, and used a weapon) 
  5. All kinds of theft and other shit. Why does that matter? Because points 1 through 4 are tell tale signs of trollish behavior. I believe that person acts much like you do. In fact that person might even be you. Decide for yourself. This is the place where I posted all of the PUBLIC INFORMATION from the police reports.

This is the information that incident:

Charlie Panda Youtube Harassment

Charlie Panda Youtube Harassment