What is your perception of what happens that makes us who we are? That is the question I’ve been pursing my entire adult life. Incidentally, it’s always best to ask someone, “What happened to you?” Conversely, it is assumes, accuses and judges to ask, “What’s wrong with you?” So, let’s always use the open-ended question of what happened to you, rather than what’s wrong with you.
My Perception About What Happens
When a loveless act is to the perpetrator’s personal advantage, my perception is that they believe it to be the right action regardless of how it affects any other person. As a result, because they can initiate a loveless or abusive act, they believe it is the right thing to do.
When a perpetrator tells us something, they expect us to believe them because they said it. They deflect their own issues by choosing a victim, then proceed to gaslight their victim so that the victim believes that they are the one with the mental illness rather than the perpetrator.
Gaslighting – The practice of brainwashing or convincing a mentally healthy individual that they are going insane or that their understanding of reality is mistaken or false. The term “Gaslighting” is based on the 1944 MGM movie “Gaslight”.
In so doing, they learn to believe their own lies. They loose the capability to discern their own lies from reality. Within themselves, they forget where reality ends and false perception begins.
They have no substantiation for their actions and rarely do their behaviors or words make any logical sense to a healthy mind. They constantly “correct” those around them.
Empathy is Not a Weakness
What happens when perpetrators see their own capacity for empathy as weakness? One perception I’ve derived from my observations is that the perpetrator consider themselves strong because they have no empathy. Perpetrators adamantly refuse to see any perspective other than their own.
Emotional Blackmail – A system of threats and punishments used in an attempt to control someone’s behaviors.
When the victim attempts to resist this irrational control, they are labelled bad or perceived as the enemy by the abuser and they are therefore gas-lighted by the perpetrator.
Perpetrators refuse to follow their own actions through to conclusion to see what happens to the victim. After all, the perpetrator has already labelled the victim as bad or mean to me.
The perpetrator initiates smear campaigns against the victim who resist the perpetrator’s irrational behavior. The perpetrator attempts to garner support from the unknowing while they encourage the unknowing to believe that the victims are bad or mean to me.
And, the perpetrator does this while they desperately cling to the untruth that they are right when nothing could be farther from the truth.
My Perception of How This Happens
Very few humans are born his way. These thinking errors are the result of loveless acts towards the abuser that can take place at any point in any body’s life.
In other words, traumatic events happened to them that caused their mind and heart to revert to the (very) human instinctual defenses of survival.
Blaming – The practice of identifying a person or people responsible for creating a problem, rather than identifying ways of dealing with the problem.
If they did not revert to their own instinctual human survival defense, they might not have lived through the loveless acts that happened to them.
No one deserves to be condemned to a life of darkness because of “what happens” to them. The capacity for these thinking errors exist in every one and we all exhibit these behaviors to some degree at some time in our lives.
They are not be hated or pushed aside. They need our empathy and understanding. Most of all, they must not be kept in limbo. Some unfortunate people get terribly stuck and are unable to get unstuck through their own devices.
I believe it is the responsibility of those around them to encourage the psychologically dis-eased person to seek help to correct their thinking errors so that they can walk in the light of love rather than the darkness of thinking errors.
When the perpetrator’s behaviors are ignored or rationalized away, the victim is condemned to a life of darkness by the people whose responsibility it is to nurture them towards a better life.
My Perception of Some Ironic Facts
When the people who want to steer this perpetrator towards the light are not themselves strong enough in their own life value system, they will be sucked into the darkness and might not find their way back to the light.
This is why higher level spiritual or professional therapy is the preferred treatment for any individual who wants to improve their life, rather than reliance upon the opinion of amateur family and friends.
Family and friends (amateurs) who are emotionally entwined usually have the same issues as the person they attempt to help. This is where crisis based generational trauma exists. When people who step in to help the perpetrator have the same issues, they do so in an attempt to deflect away from their own issues as explained earlier. It’s a chance for them to feel ‘powerful’ , ‘acceptable’ or ‘better-than’.
I — Am — Not — Your — Scapegoat !
In other words, they often do so to make themselves ‘look better than’ the person they want to help. In fact, these helpful actions make them yet another perpetrator to the victim, as they use the victim as a scapegoat to deflect their own thinking errors, i.e., “I’m helping you so I must be OK, so you should do everything I tell you.”
What is more interesting is that these helpful people usually don’t know they do this for the wrong reasons. Their actions are survival and fear based and are derived from a subconscious level of thought.
Scapegoating – Singling out one child, employee or member of a group of peers for unmerited negative treatment or blame.
My perception has consistently been that rarely will a person who needs help willingly seek help when they are pushed into it by a person who uses them as an scapegoat to deflect their own behaviors. It is the victim’s normal human survival instinct to resist this type of gas-lighting intended to deflect off the perpetrator’s behavior onto the victim.
Well-meaning Family and Friends
In addition, the inclination of some well-meaning family and friends is to hold a perpetrator in limbo rather than to steer them towards any meaningful or effective outside high-level spiritual or mainstream professional treatment.
This is especially true if the family or friend has something to gain from keeping this individual in limbo. Something to gain can look like fear of loosing love, fear of change, fear of loosing finances, fear of loosing sex, etc. These reasons can go on indefinitely.
For certain, the lack of positive action to help someone who is in need is fear based.
Fear of Abandonment — An irrational belief that one is imminent danger of being personally rejected, discarded or replaced.
Any act or lack of action, based in fear, is a loveless act. This perpetrates generational trauma. And, again this is often unknowingly derived from a subconscious level of thought.
As a result, the people who attempt to steer this perpetrator towards the light are perceived as the enemy by these family and friends. In fact, the ones who see the behaviors of this perpetrator with rational, non-accusatory intent are the ones who lovingly offer a path to a greater quality of life.
It takes courageous acts of love to correct the damage of loveless acts. —Susan Daniels