11-07-2007, 05:39 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: East Cup Cake
Re: The psychological underpinnings of Cameragate - The Victim Complex
Who gives a ***** it WORKS
Originally Posted by Aaronthebaron
As we all know by now, the main motivation for the Pats season was provided by Cameragate and it's coverage in the media and the reactions through the league and fandom.
The almost universal accusations of cheating and tarnished legacies has infuriated the players and provoked an almost inhuman desire to humiliate anyone and everyone who stands in the Pats way.
What has stoked this reaction?
The Victim Complex.
The Urban Dictionary defines a Victim Complex as...
1. When a person pretends to be the victim in a situation but in reality they are complicit in the events taking place.
2. When a person presents a situation in which they appear to be the victim of other people's actions when in reality they were not. At all.
The whole "everyone is slandering us and disrespecting our achievements" card is powerful stuff. It drives people to superhuman efforts to regain their sense of self worth and the value of their previous accomplisments.
Unfortunately, the Victim Complex can also have a dark side.
Paranoia, hostility and a desire to do unto others before they do it to you can easily be self-justified by the embrace of a righteous victimhood.
Oh, the victim will sit all night with you as long as you meekly listen to their tale of woe. They'll love you for your sympathy and agreement that their enemies are bad people.
But dare to point out that the victim carries a percentage of responsibility of their own fate and watch how fast they turn on you.
Victims, real or not, tend over time to lose the support of everyone who was ever consciously concerned about their well being.
So, I'd be careful if I were you guys.
Embracing victimhood is a double edged sword that will slay your enemies for a while but if indulged in too long winds up poisoning the victim himself.