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How to stop playing the Victim

by Sara Maude on May 15, 2017

in Hypnotherapy Edinburgh

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It’s all to easy to play the victim, and all to easy to react to situations in life as a victim.

When you react to a situation wearing the hat of a victim, you create feelings within yourself of fear, anger, hurt, inadequacy, shame, rejection and much more.

Left to fester, these emotional states will go onto create havoc in the mind.

Identifying that you have played the role of the victim – and we have all been guilty of playing that role – does take a courage and accountability, because the ego doesn’t want you to think of yourself as a victim! No way, it wants to believe it is right to blame the rest of the world!

I know exactly when the victim part of me has popped up, because all my toys get thrown out the pram!

Have you ever believed you are powerless? That’s the victim part of you rearing its head asking to be rescued.

Have you ever gone against your gut instinct and then blamed someone else for how a situation turned out? Victim again.

Have you every felt angry or resentful about your circumstances in life, but have done nothing or very little proactively to resolve the situation? Yes you’ve got it – victim.

How many times have you played the ‘yes, but’ game? For example, someone offers a helpful suggestion to a problem you have, and you immediately turn the suggestion on its head with a response like; ‘yes, but that won’t work because….’. I think you get the picture now!

You may wonder what harm there is to being a little self indulgent and playing the victim? Having worked with hundreds of people, I have observed a very strong link between acting as a victim and shame. 

As Brene Brown highlights in her enlightening research (highly recommend you watch her TED Talk on shame), shame is not a feeling many of us wish to come face to face with, and more often than not, will do anything to avoid experiencing. Feelings of shame often lead to drinking too much, eating too much, gambling or out of control spending.

The ego also plays a big part in keeping you in the state of mind of being the victim because the ego never wants to admit it is wrong or that it has failed in any way. 

However, when you take responsibility for your life, you start to take away power from the ego.

How to stop being a victim and start taking accountability for your life

When you start to take responsibility and accountability for yourself, decisions you have made, past behaviours and so on, you stop playing the role of the victim.

What you will also discover, when you start to take accountability for your life, is a feeling of the weight of the world being lifted off your shoulders.

As odd as that may sound, when you take accountability for your actions you stop running away from yourself, and that in and of itself brings with it a sense of relief and release.

How to get started….

The following is a very powerful exercise to get you to look at your current thoughts and perceptions and take responsibility for them.

Start by completing the sentence “I should” noticing what feelings and thoughts comes up in every area of your life;

  • Business/career
  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Family

For example:

…I should have left my ex partner sooner

…I should have reached out and got help with how I was feeling sooner

…I should have got further in my career

…I should have been more proactive in building my business

…I should be feeling more satisfied and happy in my life

When you have completed the list, next for each statement answer the question “why?”

why you believe you should….

For example:

I should have reached out and got help sooner with how I was feeling because I suffered in silence for too long trying to ignore how I was feeling and now my health is seriously effected

I should have got further in my career by now because I am 41 and all my friends have been so much more successful

Now reframe each “I should” to “If I wanted to I could…….”

For example:

If I wanted to I could have got help in addressing how I was feeling sooner

If I wanted to progress in my career, I could have been more proactive in looking at alternative opportunities and spending my spare time reading more books to support my development

If I wanted to I could have been more proactive in growing my business, attended more networking events and creating more opportunities and leads

Now for each statement answer, “why haven’t you”

For example:

I haven’t got help sooner for the way I was feeling because I thought it was normal to feel stress and that I would get over it eventually

I haven’t been looking at ways to progress in my career because this ‘poor me’ part has got in the way and held me back and I haven’t done anything proactively to tackle that voice in my head

Now that you’ve reframed the statements, review them and reflect on where you could have acted sooner, taken charge, made a different decision etc and the reasons why you haven’t.

The reasons why you haven’t taken charge enables you to see where you have perhaps played the victim, or where there are limiting inner beliefs, thought patterns and perceptions which have been or still are, blocking you.

Well done in moving one step further to transforming your life! 

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About: Sara Maude 

Sara Maude is a hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and EFT practitioner based in Edinburgh providing both 1 - 1 and Skype sessions internationally. Sara provides problem-free therapy which goes deep into the heart of the subconscious mind to create powerful long lasting change.Follow Sara on Google+

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