A recent article in one of my favourite sources of quality reading (Nautilus) caught my eye recently, specifically on the concept of victimhood prevalent, particularly, in politics and what the four pillars of this are.
So what are the four pillars of TIV (Tendency towards Interpersonal Victimhood)?
- A relentless need for one’s victimhood to be clearly and unequivocally acknowledged by both the offender and the society at large
- Moral elitism,” the conviction that the victim has the moral high ground, an “immaculate morality,” while “the other” is inherently immoral
- A lack of empathy, especially an inability to see life from another perspective, with the result that the victim feels entitled to act selfishly in response
- Rumination — a tendency to dwell on the details of an assault on self-esteem
A toxic mix, and particularly in the hands of powerful people in business or politics which can lead to immoral and dangerous acts. Indeed the research shows that people with high TIV have a higher motivation for revenge, and have no wish to avoid their offenders, to boot.
Of interest is also that attachment style influences who is likely to be most susceptible to TIV — that’ll be another article for another day!
Remind you of any recent political leaders?
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