Are you struggling with Victim Mentality? Do you feel helpless and stuck in cycle of bad luck? It’s time to take the Victim Mentality Test to see if this is something you should fix immediately. The quiz includes 25 signs that indicate fear, disempowerment, and lack of hope that you can and will overcome.
Life is so hard. I’m so sorry that someone hurt you badly. The truth is, most people develop a victim’s mentality because they ACTUALLY were victims at some point. I bet you’re a fighter and you have tried to be optimistic and hopeful that things will get better.
Does the next challenge and disappointment always knocks you back down? I get it. I’ve been there before. I would enter platonic and romantic relationships with people that would abuse, manipulate, control, and hurt me. I was so afraid of it happening again. I started to feel helpless and that the cycle would never end. Actually, I still have to be careful that I don’t fall into the trap of feeling powerless. To end the cycle, I had to heal, learn to hope in God again, find my inner power, and love myself.
The pain can cause us to be hyper vigilant about NEVER feeling that pain again. Sadly, A victim mentality can cause us to attack other people before they attack us. Or, close ourselves off from being loved.
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25 Signs of a Victim Mentality!
1. I think people are trying to hurt me.
2. I need to leave or hurt people before they leave or hurt me.
3. I don’t think about or care about the perspectives of others.
4. If they hurt me, they need to change not me.
5. I am angry at the people that have hurt me.
6. I feel that people are judging or criticizing me.
7. I feel my life is worse than everyone else.
8. I don’t try because of potential obstacles.
9. I still complain or feel anger about something from my past.
10. I would be happier if life wasn’t so hard.
11. I believe I’m cursed or have bad luck.
Take the Victim Mentality Quiz to see the 14 remaining signs !
6 Signs of Victim Mentality in Relationships
Individuals that have a victim mentality in relationships have been hurt by people that are the closest to them. They fear being the victim again, so everything they do is centered on preventing the pain.
- They may criticize before you criticize them
- Fear of you leaving might cause them to leave first or be emotionally withdrawn/ hot & cold
- They may lash out when they think you’re about to lash out
- They may hyper focus on everything being equal, so they aren’t taken advantage of
- You are the only problem and they can’t see anything their doing wrong
- The relationship is dictated by their mood
- They manipulate, control, and do anything to make you meet their deep need for love, safety, and security.
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5 Tips for Overcoming Victim Mentality
You can let go of victim mentality by using these three tips to overcome and heal.
1. Heal: A victim or abuse survivor has a high chance of developing a victim’s mentality. The victim must heal from whatever caused the pain in the first place. When the pain is healed then they will stop fearing the abuse will happen again. It’s the fear of pain and abuse that causes people to do anything and everything to stop it. Unfortunately, all the efforts to stop them pain is usually self-sabotaging and toxic.
2. Hope Again: The victim needs to restore their hope that life isn’t dark and pointless. They need to find peace and faith that God will restore what they lost. That they have great things in store for their life… And, they don’t have to be afraid. I meditated on these 10 promises that God never breaks to remind me that things would get better.
3. Take Control: Usually, when we function from victimhood we feel helpless and that others are controlling us. But, we don’t have to let them. Your time and thoughts are yours. No one owns it. Learn to say no and stick to your own desires. Learn to tune out the thoughts that are trying to drive your emotions. It’s not your responsibility to make someone else feel better. It’s not your responsibility to fix things. It’s not your responsibility to do all the work. You are in control and you are not helpless. You don’t have to do what they want or you think they want.
4. The Story Matters: What story are you replaying in your mind? Is it a story of a sad little boy or girl that did nothing? Or, is it a story of a powerful individual that grew wiser and stronger? I had to learn to accept where I was when the trauma happened and acknowledge that I did AMAZING for what I knew then. You did your best, and it is unfair for the mature & wiser you to judge your younger self.
5. Awakened Inner Self: Lastly, total inner awakening needs to happen. If you are healing you must embrace your personal inner power. and The pain that was meant to break you didn’t win. And, you are a conquerer. The truth is, nothing can break you as badly again. Once you heal, the world is your playground.
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10 Events that Cause Victim Mentality:
- Childhood, Physical and Sexual Abuse
- Betrayal, Rejection, Abandonment
- Deaths, illnesses, accidents
- Highschool Trauma, Social Media Bullying
- Severe Neglect
- Situations that made one feel helpless and voiceless
- Mental Health Disorders: Victim Syndrome
- Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
- Frequent Interpersonal Conflict
- Bad things happening back to back
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How Victim’s Cope
Victims of a traumatic experience usually have maladaptive (unhealthy) emotional responses to stressful situations. To deal with the uncomfortable emotions, negative thoughts, and painful memories they develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. Unhealthy coping mechanisms are ways of dealing with pain that don’t promote healing.
- Suppression and Repression: find ways to ignore and numb the feelings.
- Control: find ways to control people and situations, so the victim can feel safe.
- Distorted Reality: the individuals believes every situation is an attack, even when they are the attacker. This individual tends to blame shift and gaslight to ensure they’re in the victim role and can’t feel the pain of any situation.
- Unforgiveness and Anger: this individual holds resentment and may frequently lash out.
- Helplessness, Anxiety, and Fear: This individual has an anxious attachment style and needs others to make them feel safe. They often are overly submissive and extreme people pleasers.
Can victim mentality be cured? Yes, victim mentality can be cured if the person wants to release the pain of the past and to take ownership for the direction of their life.
What kind of person always plays the victim? People in pain play the victim. Some play the victim to get attention. And some people play victim because they don’t know how to let go, or they’ve learned to manipulate to get their needs met, or because they literally think that everyone is out to get them.
Do I have a victim’s mentality? You may have developed this mindset if you were the victim of some type of painful experience. Victim mentality looks different on different people. It shows up in deep fear of relationships, abandonment, PTSD, getting hurt, and controlling things to make sure nothing bad happens.
What is the root of victim mentality? The root of victim mentality is fear of repeating cycles of pain, trauma, and abuse.
How do you get over a victim mentality? The person must heal the feelings of of helplessness within. Learn how to feel empower and strong enough to face that attack in the future. Or, forgive who needs to be forgiven. Is it yourself? Or is it the other person?