When somebody plays the victim, they dehumanize and divert attention from others by claiming their actions are justified, allowing them to abuse and manipulate power dynamics, using their falsified victimhood as an excuse for poor behavior previously.
The creation of false victimhood is something that occurs more commonly than we may think. There are many reasons why somebody may choose to ‘play the victim’ in a situation. For example, to justify abuse given to others, manipulate, as a coping mechanism, a cry for help, or seek attention.
Which of our treatments can best help you address the victim complex?