Saturday, August 12, 2006

Victimitis Virus

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain

Do you know someone who feels as though they are owed something simply for being here? Do they often blame others, get angry easily, whine and never take responsibility for their actions? No, I am not describing a child I am describing a person infected with the Victimitis Virus. It is a real mental disorder. Victimitis Virus people are highly reactive and never proactive. They feel as though the world is out to get them and nothing you say or do can get them to change their minds. People with this virus do need therapy. Having said that and completely understanding that this is no laughing matter, I have compiled a list of things said by people with this virus.

1. I was riding in a car that was being driven by a female driver. She was cut off by a truck. We did not know nor had we ever seen the person driving this truck. She said "He only pulled out like that because he knew I was driving."

2. At a resteraunt with an adult male. We did not know any of the workers and they did not know us. Adult male says "We are not getting good service because that waitress does not like me."

3. I know a guy who was fired from work. He had been told several times that if he did not straighten up he would loose his job. He did not straighten up. He got fired. He said "Thanks to them people I can't pay my rent."

4. There is this girl. She misses more work than she makes. She always complains that she doesn't make enough money and can't figure out why her work won't give her a raise.

The next few are about my children. I do believe all children suffer from victimistis virus....

1. My oldest daughter was going to go to a concert which featured several of her favorite artists. She was put on restriction for sneaking out and was unable to go to the concert. A few weeks later she was watching videos and one of the artists from the concert was on t.v. She started moaning that she could of seen that person in concert. I asked whos fault was it that she didn't get to go to the concert. She said it was my fault because I put her on restriction.

2. My five year old was carrying an armful of books. She dropped them on her foot. She started crying. I asked if she was alright and she said she was not alright thanks to me. I asked what I had done and she said if I had just carried the books for her she would not of gotten hurt.

3. We have tivo. My twelve year old has a nine thirty bedtime. One of her favorite shows comes on at ten o'clock. She forgot to record it and got mad at me about it. I asked what she was mad at me for and she said she was mad because I make her go to bed too early and thats why she missed her show.

I must admit that while Victimitis Virus is serious I find myself laughing at the things on this list. I also find myself laughing at people who feel this way. However, I can not stress enough that this is a serious illness that needs serious treatment. So in all seriousness I would like to give Victimitis Virus Sufferers a prescription:

Take several doses of responsiblilty mix it with some reality and some feeling sorry for yourself killer, and do not call me in the morning.....


At 8:07 AM , Blogger Cathy said...

Excellent diagnosis and I really appreciate the treatment you offer.

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At 10:17 AM , Blogger Rebecca said...

I enjoyed this post, largely because it is so close to home. I know more than one individual with this issue (apart from my kids, of course).

I agree with you: it's funny and the solution you offer is right on to those of us who don't have it in a serious way, and I'm glad you recognized that the problem can be debilitating, if not dangerous for others. It can be symptomatic of a true disorder that requires real treatment before, "that driver cut me off 'cause he don't like how I look!" becomes, "I'm gonna follow that sorry sob and teach him a thing or two about cuttin' me off!" This is the difference between lack of responsibility and delusion thinking. Not always easy to spot.

At 3:06 PM , Blogger KristieD said...

wow. i totally know people like that. i think most kids suffer from it, but most grow out of it when they reach adulthood. its those who dont that worry me. responsibility for one's actions are the key to overcoming this for sure. good post.

At 9:15 PM , Blogger Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

oh yeah - i have met a few of those.

i used to be a youth worker with at risk kids. i met too many parents with this disorder. yes kids have it too, but that is natural. they are supposed to grow out of it. but without good parenting, many will just not.

At 10:06 PM , Blogger Anna Venger said...

Love the Twain quote. Good choice. Your children sound normal. Unfortunately, the adults you cited do not. I think people are supposed to grow out of that stuff.

At 11:09 PM , Blogger Malissa said...

people are something else aren't they?

Big ol dose of responsibility and suck it up would help huh?:)

visiting from the BC carnival

At 1:56 AM , Blogger Pamela said...

You made me read your blog... and now I'm soooo tired I won't be able to get up in the morning...


At 4:28 AM , Anonymous Tasra Dawson said...

Hilarious! Thanks for sharing. I know quite a few people suffering from this virus. Wonder how they'd feel about me passing on that prescription???

At 4:38 PM , Blogger Karmyn R said...

you could go on and on with that list of people. I could add a few more for you!!!!

At 6:53 PM , Blogger CyberCelt said...

My son has victimitis. Nothing is EVER his fault.

Here from BC carnival, just a day late...

You have beautiful children.

God bless.

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Ha! I am teaching my students the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. In the Be Proactive chapter it talks about the Victimitis Virus. We will definitely have to take a look at your examples in class.

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