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Victim role or posited role playing

Eric Berne described different positions people can take in life. One of them is so called „victim role“ (Berne, 1964). This tactic involves portraying oneself as an innocent victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... of circumstances or someone else's behavior in order to gain sympathy, evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Whenever a person refuses to take responsibility for him/herself, he/she is unconsciously choosing to react as victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ....

VictimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ...-hood can be defined by the three positions outlined in a diagram developed by a psychiatrist, and teacher of Transactional Analysis, Stephen Karpman. He calls it the “Drama Triangle”. The three roles on the Drama Triangle are Persecutor, Rescuer and VictimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context .... Karpman placed these three roles on an inverted triangle and described them as being the three aspects, or faces of victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context .... No matter where the person may start out on the triangle, victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... is where he/she ends up, therefore no matter what role he/she is in on the triangle, person is in victimhood. Rescuers see themselves as “helpers” and “caretakers”. They need someone to rescue (victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ...) in order to feel vital and important. It's difficult for rescuer to recognize themselves as ever being in a victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... position - they’re the ones with the answers after all.

Persecutors identify themselves primarily as victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context .... They are usually in complete denialAvoiding the awareness of some painful aspect of reality by negating sensory data ... about their blaming tactics. When it is pointed out to them, they argue that attack is warranted and necessary for self protection. The Rescuer and the Persecutor are the two opposite extremes of VictimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ....

(T.J.)

References:

  • Eric Berne. Games people play. New York, Growe Press:1964.

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