We know that many people have a tendency to blame victims even when something tragic and unexplainable happens to them. But did you know how easily this blaming can be triggered? If I were to describe a natural disaster and tell you about “mother nature’s wrath” would you be more or less willing to help the victims? I’ll also talk about two common occurrences in adolescence: the imaginary audience and the personal fable. Find out more in this episode of The Psych Files.
- Imaginary Audience: The feeling that adolescents have that they are being constantly being watched and judged by others
- Personal Fable: adolescents often perceive themselves as special and unique, believing that no one can relate to their personal experiences. They also have “Exagerrated feelings of… invulnerability”
- Learn more about these ideas from the research by David Elkind.
Previous Episodes on Blaming the Victim
- Blaming the Victim and other Attribution Biases
- What Men Need to Do to End Violence Against Others
- Blaming the Victim in Reverse – the Justice Motive