Reason magazine takes a look at a scientific article that tells us something we have all known for a long time: our world is full of self-proclaimed “victims” who have not been the victims of anything significant in the real world. Universities are full of these “victims.” So are media outlets and any place where celebrities gather. In fact you can become a celebrity these days based entirely on your “victimhood.” Here’s more:
A new paper in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences posits a Tendency for Interpersonal Victimhood (TIV), an archetype defined by several truly toxic traits: a pathological need for recognition, a difficulty empathizing with others, feelings of moral superiority, and, importantly, a thirst for vengeance.Source
That cluster of traits in the “victim personality” may remind you of the narcissist, another dangerously toxic personality. But there are differences:
Narcissistic individuals also experience moral superiority and vengeful desires, but these feelings tend to spring from the belief that their authority, capability, or grandiosity is being undermined. TIV, on the other hand, is associated with low self-esteem. And while narcissists do not want to be victimized, high-TIV individuals lash out when their victimhood is questioned.Source
The combination of feelings of moral superiority with a thirst for vengeance makes for a very toxic approach toward the future. In this environment, victimhood is likely to beget more victimhood in others who cross the “victim’s” path.
… a victimhood mindset can develop without experiencing severe trauma or victimization… __ Unraveling Victimhood Mindsets
Both types of personality — “self-victimhood” and “narcissistic”– tend to lack empathy and hold onto feelings of moral superiority and vengefulness, but the important distinctions pointed out in the article provide a way to tell them apart.
One cannot help but notice such persons being highlighted as witnesses before congressional committees or as guests of journalists and talk show hosts in the media. They are always present at protests against public speakers or politicians who refuse to toe the line for the radical conformists who control universities, mainstream media and social media, and the increasingly corrupt tentacles of the deep swamp state.
People who saw themselves as enduring victims were more likely to hold grudges, to seek revenge, and to feel entitled to engage in immoral behaviors in order to punish others. They seem to see people who “victimize” them as “all bad,” which justifies the vengeance that is meted out. __ The Victim Personality
…many narcissists and gaslighters have unpredictable mood swings and are prone to emotional drama — you never know what might displease them and set them off. They become upset at any signs of independence and self-affirmation (“Who do you think you are!?”). They turn agitated if you disagree with their views or fail to meet their expectations. As mentioned earlier, they are sensitive to criticism, but quick to judge others. By keeping you down and making you feel inferior, they boost their fragile ego, and feel more reassured about themselves. __ narcissists and gaslighters
You may feel you are walking on eggshells around either type of personality, but at least with the narcissist if you treat them like a hero they are likely to tolerate you. If you do the same with a “self-victim” they may resent you for not appreciating their victimhood nearly enough.
If you suspect that you are seeing more of these sorts of people out on the street — protesting, looting, burning businesses, shooting people who wear the wrong t-shirt or hat — it is not just your imagination. Now that they have helped bring about a type of government that is more sympathetic to their special needs, they are likely to bloom in profusion as winter turns to spring.
In a world where the strongest powers are being subverted to criminals and pathological personality types, there has never been a stronger need to “prepare for the worst.” But it is no longer clear what that admonition encompasses, entirely. I suspect that a lot more people will see the need to move away from particular political jurisdictions which are now completely under the thumbs of criminals, corrupt radicals, and vengeful narcissists/self-victims.
Be careful out there.