In Toxic Families, How the Scapegoated Child Gets Chosen

Advertisement

Another research by Zachary R. Rothschild and colleagues hypothesized and then demonstrated that scapegoating helps an individual to alleviate embarrassment or liability for a poor result while still giving them a sense of control so there is still someone to blame for a bad outcome.

The family car that is vandalized at night while parking in the driveway is a common example I use. You may be shocked or even call the cops if anything happens to you, but you’re more than likely to dismiss it as a freak occurrence.

The scapegoat dad, on the other hand, would concentrate on the fact that Jack was the last one to drive the vehicle, and he didn’t lock it, making it much easier to vandalize. Furthermore, when Jack failed to switch on the lights that illuminate the driveway and entry, the vandals were able to hide in the dark.

And that’s it! According to the family’s version of events, Jack is the one who vandalized the vehicle. This is how the scapegoat system works.

Continue reading on the next page

Advertisement

Sharing is caring!

Advertisement
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!