Depersonalization of responsibility

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Contextual excuses for inertia
Creative self-victimization
Shifting of blame
Sophisticated assumptions of innocence
Avoidance of personal responsibility
Victim culture
Reinforcement of self-image as a victim of circumstances
Cultivation of victimhood
Compensation neurosis

The complexity and magnitude of world problems can appear overwhelming and beyond the capability of any one person or collection of people to change. Unable to face the confusion of chaos or impotence, people can retreat behind fatalistic or intellectual arguments, such as: "The government should take the responsibility", or "What's the point, it's out of control anyway", or "I'm powerless to do anything".


People increasingly develop, and cultivate, the inability to accept reasonable responsibility for the products or services they choose to acquire and any actions relating to them. Resentment of pain and loss following from irresponsibility is then also cultivated. Good fortune is assumed to be a right and there is the expectation that the individual will be compensated for any burden, no matter how it was incurred or suffered.

Counter Claim:

In certain cultures it is acceptable, even expected, that the individual sublimate themselves to their life circumstances, status and society. Criticism may be condoned, but independent action is not, and often viewed as antisocial.

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
08.12.2017 – 11:12 CET