The victim

March 6, 2007 at 8:21 pm (bizzare)

I am not using any ” what probability is employed here?” in the treatment of the question…I have seen some severe examples…enough to provoke a response …



  1. red zeppelin said,

    The appeal of crying “victim” is the advantage of holding the higher moral ground because one was wronged (at least in one’s own opinion). Victims require reparations of some kind to “make up” for the so-called victimization – a dangerous trend this country has taken up since 9/11 (the idea that anybody who suffers is entitled to some sort of compensation from somebody). Being a “victim” today is actually big business, because every marginalized group that doesn’t get it’s demands met simply cries “victim!” and then our guilt-ridden society (something our society apparently has an endless supply of since the Civil Rights Movement) feels as if it’s done something wrong. I once heard a newstory about a color-blind man who was let go from his job as an electrician (do I need to explain about connecting wires of the same color?); the ACLU – appealing to the American Disabilities Act – got him his job back – yikes. But there you go – this guy was “victimized” as a “disabled” man.

  2. ghideon said,

    psychology of the victim …I guess it’s an ego-boost of someone with low self-esteem. If the “whole world” is against you then u must be pretty important – even though the percieved attention is negitive.
    It also allows you to forfeit responisibility for aspects of your life, since, the forces that be are in the driving seat.
    So, it’s an elevation of your own importance above those around you and sees you blameless for your own failures.
    In any case, I’m not into pointing fingers.

  3. keruac said,

    Tawana Brawley, now that’s an interesting case of victim psychology

    In 1987, black teenager Tawana Brawley claimed that six white law enforcement officers abducted and raped her. Those claims and others that her attackers had scrawled racial insults on her body and smeared her with feces were declared a hoax by a grand jury that also exonerated the man at the center of the accusations, then-assistant district attorney Steven Pagones.

    Pagones was named as one of the attackers by Miss Brawley’s advisers: Maddox, the Rev. Al Sharpton and lawyer C. Vernon Mason. While Miss Brawley refused to speak with authorities or the media, her advisers were soon making wild claims. Jury selection was supposed to have started for the Pagones’ defamation lawsuit, seeking more than $150 million from Miss Brawley’s three advisers when Maddox accused then-state Attorney General Robert Abrams of *********** over photos of Miss Brawley. Sharpton compared Abrams, a Jew, to Adolf Hitler. All three linked then-Gov. Mario Cuomo to organized crime and the Ku Klux Klan.

    But the grand jury within a year announced the story was a hoax and specifically cleared a Fishkill police officer and Pagones.

  4. soniarott said,

    Even though Miss Brawley calimed to be a victim, being that her story was completely falsified, it sounds more like a deliberate attempt get money and/or get some people into trouble rather than a “psychology of victimhood.”

  5. dreamcatcher said,

    Most humans are cursed with insecurities and fear about how they appear and if they are “liked” by other humans. Feigning to be a victim is one of many methods to draw attention to one’s self. But this term “victim” can apply to many different scenarios and contexts. In a way, arent we all victims of ourselves? even if we dont act upon our insecurities, we are still a victim of their psychological effects. Claiming ourselves to be a victim may be to evoke empathy, but also can be a product of envy. For example:
    I see that you have something i dont and feel inferior to you.
    I justify this by making it unfair, so that I am a victim.
    This makes you the ‘bad guy’.
    I can now legitimately dislike you, maybe even making you the victim in doing so.

    Victimization is a common technique to exonerate one from blame or guilt. Like in a trial accusing someone of abuse, they can say they are victims of abuse themselves and therefore can not help themselves.

    I am not sure if you are reffering to feigning being a victim to evoke empathy, or manipulating the empathy gained from being a victim already.

  6. jon said,

    your definition just nails the whole psychology of victimization, at the core of which, is as you say, an outgrowth of envy, a mechanism of power, in the same way morality is used, particularly guilt, to gain recognition and ultimately control of another.

  7. eluac said,

    I started the thread some time ago, so as to delve deeper in some of the already clinical cases of pseudo-victims and all the quintessential examples of pseudo-conditions I have encountered. Some of you mentioned power and I must recognize that it captures the spirit of what I was alluding to…For me feigning being a victim and manipulating others by being indeed in some cases wronged is an act of domination, attempt for domination…I am still not sure if my topic was correctly structured, but I was thinking about the psychology of martyrs and how in a way voluntary “victimization” is drawing one near to self-flagellation and hence emplying weakness, which is used to serve the attempts for control…In this respect I can add that being a silent victim is employed sometimes particularly well in depriving the other person of the chance to explain, defend himself and so on…What do you think about one being a silent victim, feeling wronged without making any direct accusation or at least talking of the problem. Use of allusions? Creating of the other person a feverish defendant? Do you think any of these cases real?

  8. helena said,

    I think psychology of a victim has a lot to do with one’s complexes and weakness; blaming other’s for your own mistakes and not being able to control your life. Such people think that everyone around them owes them something just because his/her complexes dont let them express themselves and take the responsibility for their own actions.

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