Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that evaluates life experiences and patterns in order to positively adjust behavior. A recent phenomenon, called self-victimization, has been studied through the lens of CBT. Though much remains to be understood about the phenomenon, a better knowledge of it may help individuals gain insight into their choices and develop more effective coping mechanisms.
Self-victimization is defined as the mindset of helplessness that individuals may adopt when faced with life’s challenges. It is often asked that these individuals learn more empowering techniques to manage the obstacles in their lives, rather than rely on self-victimization. By engaging in self-victimization, people may experience a decrease in motivation, emotional distress, and pessimism.
The fundamental aim of CBT is the adjustment of maladaptive thought processes, such as those related to self-victimization. It encourages individuals to take responsibility for their actions, develop healthier means of coping and to focus more on what an individual can do to change their situation. Cognitive restructuring is a principle of CBT, which works to replace negative thoughts with more constructive ones. Additionally, it also helps people to develop more effective problem-solving skills by analyzing situations rather than assigning blame to oneself.
It is understood that developing an awareness of self-victimization is the first step in reversing the behaviors associated with it. However, further study is needed to be able to properly address this phenomenon and the role CBT plays in helping to deal with it. Ultimately, the goal is to help people recognize the problem, identify coping strategies that are not dependent on self-victimization, and better understand how to manage life’s challenges without reverting to helplessness.