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The Victim Viewpoint Doesn't Work

Why do so many of us persist in holding on to the outmoded idea that something or someone else is responsible for our health? It seems easier to blame someone else than to do anything about it ourselves. Not being responsible for our dis-ease, we can persist in self-destructive but "pleasurable" behaviors. We may not want to hear that what we have believed for so long is not true.

One problem with the prevailing viewpoint is that it simply doesn't help us. No amount of pity, blame, anger, or depression will cure anyone of anything. Yet people continue to confuse responsibility with blame and are very threatened at the suggestion that they may be responsible for their disease. As we "fight" diseases "out there" they persist, if not in one form, then in another. (continues)




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