Is Trauma Informed Thinking Promoting “Victim Mentality”?

Is Trauma Informed Thinking Promoting “Victim Mentality”?

August 29, 20231 min read

Well, certainly not any more than the use of the word trauma to describe everything from the reaction to not liking a food to the reaction to having one’s home shelled during war.

“Victim mentality” is often infused with entitlement and privilege. In the years during which my commitment to myself was a victim was a silent cloak for me? I was pretty sure that somebody owed me something for my suffering because of all that happened to me. It was unfathomable that in addition to paying with my sanity, I had to pay for healing. Talk about a double-whammy!

Here’s what’s also true--I may have been victimized by different events, and even people--and I am not a victim. I do not have an “illness”--no virus, bacteria, or germ involved. I do not have a disorder, although there was a time when my behavior was pretty rugged.

When I realized that I needed, as much as anything, to learn skills I simply missed ? Missed because I was too busy trying to survive? Focusing on what I missed and mastering it made it impossible for me to stay stuck in being a victim.

I am so thankful--learning has saved my life again. No, Trauma Informed Thinking doesn’t promote victim mentality. It focuses on learning.

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Elizabeth Power

Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. , is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The Trauma Informed Academy(r). "All we do is help people with change, resilience and self-care, and learning to live trauma responsively. And everything is done from the trauma-informed perspective," she says. "Even courses directly about working with trauma are about change."

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