Episode 7: Self-Pity and the Victim Mentality

Episode 7: Self-Pity and the Victim Mentality

Episode 7: Self-Pity and the Victim Mentality

 
 
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The nature and depth of human pride are illuminated by comparing boasting to self-pity. Both are manifestations of pride. Boasting is the response of pride to success. Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering. Boasting says, “I deserve admiration because I have achieved so much.” Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have suffered so much.” Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak. Boasting sounds self-sufficient. Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing. The reason self-pity does not look like pride is that it appears to be so needy. But the need arises from a wounded ego. It doesn’t come from a sense of unworthiness, but from a sense of unrecognized worthiness. It is the response of unapplauded pride.

Resources

Down, But Not Out: How to Get Up When Life Knocks You Down (by Wayne Mack)
International Baptist Church of Brussels

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