The Victim Archetype

(Everyone has this Archetype).

Light:

Prevents you from

letting yourself be victimized, or victimizing others.

Shadow:

Playing the Victim for positive feedback in the form of pity.

Inability to maintain personal boundaries.

The negative traits of the Victim are self-evident. But when properly recognized, it can be a tremendous aid in letting us know when we are in danger of letting ourselves be victimized, often through passivity but also through rash or inappropriate actions.

We need to develop this clarity of insight, however, and that means learning the nature and intensity of the Victim within.

It can also help us to see our own tendency to victimize others for personal gain.

In its shadow manifestation, the Victim tells you that you are always taken advantage of and it’s never your fault.

We may like to play the Victim at times because of the positive feedback we get in the form of sympathy or pity. Our goal is always to learn how to recognize these inappropriate attitudes in ourselves or others, and to act accordingly.

We are not meant to be victimized in life, but to learn how to handle challenges and outrun our fears.

In establishing contact with your own inner Victim, ask yourself:

  • Do I blame others for the circumstances of my life?
  • Do I spend time in the pit of self-pity?
  • Do I envy others who always seem to get what they want out of life?
  • Do I feel victimized by others when situations don’t work out the way I wanted them to?
  • Do I tend to feel more powerless than powerful?

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Movies Portraying the ‘Victim’

Watching movies related to one of your core archetype especially when going through the process of healing is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).

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