Brian R. Johnson, Ph.D.

The purpose of this booklet is to educate people who have been victimized about how these bad episodes have impacted their thinking and behavior. Understanding Victimization addresses the issue of how a person's earlier experiences affect the way they deal with these events. Considerable attention to paid to people who live chronic victim roles.

The author writes:

This booklet was written to help people understand the impact of victimizations and how people end up acting as victims. This booklet is also about hope. No matter who you are, no matter what has happened, and no matter how long ago that occurred, you can become free of the self-defeating behavior and beliefs that are a throwback of that bad experience.
"'That's easy to say,' patients have often told their therapists.

"Yes, it is easy to say as are so many truths. It takes hard work to free oneself and break out of a victim pattern. But that's not the biggest challenge. Most of the people making this statement are not lazy. Their biggest obstacle is a knee-jerk response of distorted thinking and unhealthy emotional reactions including their negativism that are the legacy of their victimizing experiences.*

Understanding Victimization includes many examples of "average people" in "average situations" to illustrate its points.

TS1001 (32 pgs.)

Product # Product Quantity Unit Price
TS1001 Understanding Victimization $ 2.50

*Copyright 1995 Claremont Behavioral Studies Institute.


Brian R. Johnson, Ph.D.

Many who have been victimized struggle to deal with the aftermath and remain vulnerable because they have never recovered from their experiences. This booklet stresses the difference between a victim (someone who has been harmed and still "suffers" from the bad experience) and a survivor (a person who has recovered and gone beyond the victimizing experience).

This booklet will educate the reader about both petty and serious victimizations and walk them through the fourteen characteristics of the recovery process to become a survivor:

Accepting that one has been victimized.
Expressing pain and anger appropriately.
Maintaining a reasonable sense of vulnerability.
Taking charge of one's life.
Focusing on controlling one's life.
Accepting what one cannot control.
Maintaining reasonable trust in others.
Testing reality.
Living with reasonable uncertainty.
Taking reasonable risks.
Acting despite fear and anxiety.
Accepting change.
Getting beyond the victimization.
Gaining from the victimizing experience.

Emphasis is placed on the need to look at oneself honestly to identify which of these areas with which the person struggles. The issue of change and people's resistance to change is addressed. Information is given about the types community resources available to the reader.

TS1002 (24 pgs.)

Product # Product Quantity Unit Price
TS1001 Coming To Terms With Being Victimized $ 2.50

*Copyright 1995 Claremont Behavioral Studies Institute.


Coming soon: But They Don't Listen To Me!
A Guide for People Who Feel Powerless
Come back again to check for its release.

Return To The Top Of This Page - Home - Monthly Feature - Send Us E-Mail
Personal Resources - Professional Resources



Copyright 1997 Claremont Behavioral Studies Institute
Last modified: November 9, 1997