Many people act like a victim, but they are not aware of the problem. Can you stop it? Yes, you can, check this article and follow the 6 steps presented here.
Do You Behave Like a Victim?
Firstly, learn when you act like a victim. I will present you the 10 most frequent patterns of victimism but these are not all examples. Check where you might fit.
1. The Victim Does Not Take Responsibility
He or she uses excuses and does not act. They will complain about their fate, seeking prey who will listen and are compassionate.
The problem is that the victim will continue the same way of living, staying in an abusive relationship or working with a toxic boss. They will not stand up for themselves but feel sorry for themselves.
Check when and how many times you complain about your work, relationship or people in general. What about filthy weather, annoying traffic jams, or late buses?
2. Victims Do Not Grow
It does not mean that you need to be the best in your rat race at work, with family or among your neighbours.
I rather mean personal growth. Just look at what you achieved during the last five years in the field of health, mental and spiritual growth, family life and work.
The victim will not improve his or her skills, will not look for promotion at work or they do not develop in any other way. They also do not care about spiritual growth or work on their personality, e.g. eradicating negative thoughts.
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3. They Hold onto Grudges
Even if you have been hurt badly, name called or abused in any other way, never hold onto grudges. Demanding respect or even moving on and finding a new relationship is one thing.
However, feeling angry or resentful all the time will not help you to start a new life.
Think about what you could do to release your anger and resentment. You have the right to feel them but ruminating on them will only poison your mind.
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4. The Victim Has Trouble Being Assertive
This symptom is very common in the case of an abusive relationship. Once beaten, you have no courage to stand up for yourself. It is even worse when you justify your partner's behaviour by loving him.
But then you suffer and are hurt again. The same applies to your toxic mother or boss. Nothing will change in your life until you become assertive and set up your limits. They will still treat you badly.
Maybe you will have to leave your partner or mother, move out and start a new life. A new job can also give you an opportunity to meet positive people. It may be hard. Ask yourself:
“What is more important, my happiness or agreeing to be treated without respect?”.
5. They Feel Powerless
You have just read the paragraph above and might say: “Assertive? Me? No way, I can't do that”.
Do not forget about your divine power and the strength of your thoughts. You can. If you had to, you could. Imagine that being assertive is the only solution for you to be alive. It means life or death.
Would you be assertive then? Think of the times when you were assertive and successfully set your boundaries.
How could you apply this today? Another question which you may ask is: “What is more important, my peace of mind or pleasing him/her?”
6. They Do Not Trust Others
This issue does not only cover the problem of not trusting others. In this case, the victim does not believe he or she is trustworthy himself/herself.
The victim makes the assumption that other people are exactly like them, i.e., untrustworthy. If you were ridiculed in your childhood or abused verbally, there is very probable that you will not trust people.
What can you do? When you meet a new person, examine the evidence. The chances are that your assumptions are based on your beliefs, not reality.
7. The Victims Feel Sorry for Themselves
You dwell on being miserable, thinking about yourself, and no one else. Victims have a habit of pitying themselves. You probably met at least one person in your life.
Instead of seeking solutions to their problems and taking other people into account, victims will ruminate upon how badly other people treated them, and how hard their life is.
Their friends must listen to a monologue, and the victim is not interested in other people's feelings. What can you do?
Just recognize that all individuals have terrible days and experience severe events. You are not the only person who is treated poorly by a family member of your spouse.
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8. The Victims Constantly Compare Themselves to Others
Comparing to others will never be fair as we are different, just because of having unique DNA. Even monozygotic twins are not the same, because one is bigger, and the fact of being born at first also had an impact on their life.
We also have unique souls, each of them walking a different path. Moreover, think of your cultural background, sex, height, or the fact that you can have a long-term illness. Check my article about how to stop comparing to others.
9. They See Scarcity Instead of Abundance
Even when something good happens, the victim will seek out faults and what is missing. He or she has a negative mental filter. This kind of person is filled with negative thoughts and beliefs that others always are luckier, richer, or healthier.
However, the victim does nothing to change his or her situation, only complaints. Start practising gratitude and taking small steps which will prove to you that you have some assets and are good at some things.
Remember that by thinking of scarcity, you will create more of it in your life.
10. The Victim Is a Critic
Apart from complaining, destructive criticism is another tool the victim uses. He or she has a need to put others down and find fault in people.
In this way, the victim compensates for his/her helplessness and the fact of not doing anything to create a better life.
Before you criticize anyone for doing something wrong, think about how excellent you are in this field of life. What you would do if you were in his or her shoes?
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11. They Use the Negative Language
A victim will never see positive things in life. He or she will use negative vocabulary.
For example, they may exaggerate their negative feelings and use abusive words, like an idiot or stupid daily.
They will also sabotage their efforts, finding helplessness in everything because “I can't, it's impossible, I will fail.” Really?
Locate the evidence that you have overcome a similar challenge before and apply the strategies used there for your current situation.
How To Stop Being a Victim
There are seven ways that you can use to stop victimhood in your life. Try at least one of them to see the difference.
1. Admit That You Act Like the Victim
The 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous states that naming the problem is the first step to start making changes in your life.
Just acknowledge that there is a challenge, that something is going wrong. Doing so, stop criticizing yourself. You will evaluate your life later.
So take jour journal or diary and write down in which way you manifest victimism.
For example, you might use negative language, complain a lot, and see only things which other people have, but you lack.
When you finished writing, stand in front of the mirror and lead each of the symptoms, proceeding them with “I am a victim, because…”. For example: “I am a victim/act like a victim because I complain a lot, without taking action.”
It might be hard and painful to face the truth, especially when you tend to be a perfectionist or have a big ego. Without an exact diagnosis, you will never be able to change your life and experience peace of mind.
Remember that even if the diagnosis means cancer, you can always do something then to elongate your life and improve its quality.
2. Learn How You Manifest Victimism
If you do not remember the symptoms described above, let me remind you of some of them:
No willingness to grow
Feeling sorry for yourself
Thinking of scarcity instead of abundance
Once you know them it is possible to address and cure these symptoms. Some tips have been given in my articles here.
3. Know the Benefits of Being the Victim
Victimism would be easy to eradicate if there were no pay-offs, i.e. the benefits of being a victim. Here are some most common reasons:
Excuses for not growing, solving problems, and taking any action.
Gaining other people's attention, compassion, and interest.
Finding the reason to complain more
Justifying their problems
No need to take the risk of leaving their comfort zone
These pay-offs may be very tempting to believe. However, ask yourself:
Will my problems disappear then?
The answer is no, even if you find an underlying issue beneath. The truth is that you can address any problem in your life because of being wonderful and having a divine element within.
4. Assume Responsibility for Your Life
All the payoffs mentioned before have one thing in common: you are avoiding taking responsibility for your life.
The time has come to change this attitude. No one will modify the nappies for you, breathe for you or take care of your survival. Since the age of 18, you are the only person who shapes your life.
5. Be Grateful
Practising gratitude teaches humility. You start to appreciate what you have got and therefore, complain less about your life.
Remember that you will never have everything in life. The more you focus on what you have got, the more confident you will become, and people will notice the difference.
Start a gratitude journal and each day list three blessings in your life. Soon you will see that your attitude will change dramatically.
Holding grudges is one of the ways you can manifest victimism. To stop it, just forgive, which means letting the negative emotions go. Accept and feel the anger, hurt, and other emotions because someone has done you wrong.
Write down an imaginary letter to the person who hurt you, not necessarily sending it. But then move on and focus on the present.
You can always learn even from the fact of being hurt. For example, who you should avoid and what you need to do to be more assertive and thick-skinned.
Also, believe that the wrong done to you by someone will return to them multiplied. The universal Law of Boomerang always works.
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6+1. Practise Meditation
Meditating will not only help you to cleanse negative energy but also create a new reality. Instead of complaining and helplessness, start creating your perfect life.
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It might not be easy to stop acting like a victim, but it is possible. You might need some time to train new habits and abandon the old ones, but the reward will be huge, and your relationships with other people will flourish. Good luck on the way to changing your life. With lots of love and light,
Vicky is an experienced holistic writer and coach that inspires, motivates, and encourages everyone to become the best version of themselves - physically, mentally, and spiritually.
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