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Vicitm Archetype, Queen for a Day

February 26, 2013 ,

Jack Bailey, host of Queen for a Day, gave big prizes to the most pathetic contestant as judged by audience response. The woman deemed most victimized got a full length mink coat, long stemmed red roses, and almost always a washing machine.  The prizes were given in consideration of promotional value of the show.  This was the prototype for almost every game prize show that was ever produced.  In the 1950’s what it took to win was the most tragic story.

The victim exists in all of us, as it is a survival archetype.  We have all been on both sides of bully/victim, typically starting with siblings at a young age.  The lesson the victim teaches is that pity can be a temporary reward, but a hollow one.  Like the lady who takes her full length mink coat back to her shack in Appalachia, the victim never really wins. If suffering gains too much collateral reward, suffering will be used to control others.  We need boundaries to be happy and well balanced.  By being victims we learn how to protect ourselves. If this lesson is not learned the individual always feels that they suffer through no fault of their own and have no power to change that.

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I think that what we learn from being victimized can be a lot more complex than “how to protect ourselves,” though it could take a lot more than a blog post to discuss it. Thanks.


Rachel Creager Ireland

February 26, 2013

You are right about that Rachel. Even protection has a lot of different levels, financial, physical, etc. Thanks for your thoughts.



February 26, 2013

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  1. Boundaries for the Victim | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] of us have the victim archetype in our personalities. We may not see it, but we all have suffered and caused others to suffer. What […]


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