Loneliness can prematurely end your life. It is right up there with smoking and obesity. It is time we gave it the attention it deserves.
Trolling for a compliment, instigating an argument, hovering in someone’s space, or hoping for a response that meets some emotional need are all types of emotional fishing. You launch a comment or physical gesture to see if you can elicit the response your want. It’s clever and a really unhealthy way to get your needs met (and, in the end, doesn’t really work).