Originally posted by MrHand
I just don't understand why anyone would cheat on this site. Do they actually think that they are as good as their rating when it is a computer's rating in all actuality? I really don't understand why people would do that. So, cheaters, explain yourselves! 🙂
I am not a cheater, but I think I can give a reasoned explanation for what's going on with them. It's an ego trip. Some people have a strong need to feel one-up on others. It's a need for power.
Have you ever heard of Dr. William Glasser's theory of the five human needs? Essentially, according to Glasser, people choose to do behave as they do based upon trying to satisfy 5 human needs:
1. Survival - food, shelter, clothing
2. Power - feeling important
3. Love/Belonging - feeling accepted and loved by others
4. Freedom - free to choose what we want to do with our lives
5. Fun - the ability to find enjoyment in life by learning and playing
Most people on this site are attempting to satisfy need #5: fun. They also, if they get involved enough, get some love & belonging in as well. And if they are good enough, they can fulfill some of their power needs. But for the cheaters, the need for power trumps all others. And they will do whatever it takes to have power over you, even if it is illegitimate power. When they can't win fairly, they cheat.