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People who operate in the context of responsibility declare that they are accountable for their interpretations and behavior.

Caring mainly about the ultimate success of their projects and relationships, they are oriented to action and correction rather than explanation and self-protection.

Responsible people do not spend a lot of energy estimating how things got to be the way they are. Rather, they focus on the effective action. They are more concerned with having a project or relationship work rather than the reasons why it will not.

In the responsible structure of interpretation, one looks to oneself as the source of all aspects of the project or relationship. The responsible person looks at what works and what does not work. The responsible person does not approach the project or relationship as though something is wrong, rather that there is something missing.

When one is responsible, one voices few psychological assessments. Instead, one’s focus is on what action will further the project or relationship. The responsible person is able, willing and striving to tell the truth about what has been done and not done. They are not as concerned with looking good as with having life work.

Real responsibility is not to be confused with blame, credit, obligation or duty. Acting from the context of responsibility, one is concerned with the facts only as they bear on the next appropriate action. There is no concern about whether the facts seem to give credit or blame.

When one operates out of the stand of responsibility, one is empowered by being the source of one’s own results, not intimidated or weighed down by that. A stand of responsibility does not signify restrictive ties, but freedom to act.

Source: Accomplishment Coaching

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imageVictim – a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency; a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance.

People who operate from a context of being victimized feel powerless and helpless in the face of some act, circumstance, condition and/ or person. They are done to and have to react and defend their life against others.

Caring mostly about safety and feeling good, the victim explains, figures things out, and tries to fix what is wrong with themselves, other people and life. The victim spends much of his life telling stories about how things got to be this way, and what they are doing to try to change.

The victim is not interested in breakthroughs, rather that things get incrementally better. They are quick with reasons and excuses. The world and others are the source of all of the victim’s problems. If only they could be left alone, the victim could make their life work. If they could only meet the right person or be in the right situation, things would get better.

imageThe victim deals in force, control, waiting and running. The victim gets the agreement from those around him about how bad things are, and about how the victim is really doing the best he/she can.

The victim seeks advice. The victim looks for rescue. The victim comes from interpretation disguised as facts. The victim cannot be who they really are, because of all the stuff that is going on in their life. They are extremely busy or overwhelmed. Life and relationships are hard. There is pressure.

Victims do not have breakdowns. Victims have problems. Life is dramatic and predictable. Spinning their wheels, victims move through life only inches at a time. There is no joy, satisfaction or power. There are only moments of feeling good, temporary and externally acquired.

Victims take fewer and fewer risks, content to just try to get through another day without being a really big victim. What runs the victims life is their conversations. Victims have few choices in life. Life becomes about avoidance and freedom. The victim is injured, suffering, destroyed or harmed.

The victim is not the source of his/her life. Being the victim is not satisfying, but it is comfortable and familiar.

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