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Playing the victim just lowers the winner’s bar to the loser’s level.

March 13, 2015

Mighty Mouse Syndrome

Those who assume victim status, mainly do so to get stuff from others. But they also do it to alleviate their own sense of inadequacy, to make their own accomplishments seem bigger to themselves, so they can claim they are a super hero just for getting out of bed in the morning. We all feel inadequate at times, but in reality, playing the victim just lowers the winner’s bar to the loser’s level.

I know a real Mighty Mouse. This little mouse came from a small village in Ukraine. She was 3 pounds 6 ounces at birth. She lived in an incubator for 2 months. Doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live, or if she did, would be severely retarded. But her parents continued to love her and care for her. At 1 year of age she weighed less than most newborns. She was lethargic and unresponsive. But her father played with her. Her mother read to her. She began to improve.

By the time she was four, she started to become interested in books. Only, she didn’t want her mother to read to her. She wanted to read for herself. Over the next several years, she would spend most of her time in her room, reading books her grandmother had given her. Her mother had to force her to go outdoors and play with the other children.

She did well in school and started University at 16, and got both her Bachelors and Masters with a perfect grade point average. She immigrated to the USA legally, and now works for one of the world’s most well known companies.

I hear some Americans complain about what they don’t have and why it’s someone else’s fault that they don’t have it. They complain about everything from A to Z, and about how unfair everything is; how the deck is stacked against them. But I just can’t listen to their complaints anymore. Because my wife is a real Mighty Mouse.


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