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The Other Sides of Us => Working on Us => Topic started by: me01t on July 12, 2019, 07:24:00 AM

Title: Moving past blame?
Post by: me01t on July 12, 2019, 07:24:00 AM
Does anyone have any positive suggestions for mentally moving past the unfairness of being smeared and being constantly blamed for things you did not do, Then being judged for being upset about that?
Title: Re: Moving past blame?
Post by: athene1399 on July 12, 2019, 11:23:53 AM
Radical acceptance has helped for me. It takes a bit of practice. It's basically accepting that you cannot change what others are doing. The acceptance is supposed to give you peace, but you can also grieve over things not being the way you want them to be and work through and process your emotions about the situation. I did start a thread on this. I will try to find and post it for you.

IME if you defend yourself you will only look guilty. It's a terrible situation to be in, but you cannot control what this person is saying or doing unfortunately. It is unfair and I am sorry this is happening to you. I've always felt that those who really know me will not believe the smear campaign. And if someone won't give me a chance and does believe it, then I wouldn't want them as a friend anyway.

I hope things get better for you.
Title: Re: Moving past blame?
Post by: athene1399 on July 12, 2019, 11:25:19 AM
https://www.outofthefog.net/forum/index.php?topic=79653.0 (https://www.outofthefog.net/forum/index.php?topic=79653.0) If I'm pasting this correctly, here's the conversation on radical acceptance.
Title: Re: Moving past blame?
Post by: guitarman on July 13, 2019, 03:49:02 AM
Here is the link to a 12 minute video about smear campaigns by the author and counsellor Kris Godinez who specialises in Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome and how targets of abuse can cope better


She says the best thing to do is to ignore the person and not engage with them. They would hate that. The abuser turns everything around to portray themselves as the victim and their target of abuse to be the abuser. You have to rise above it and continue to be your best self and others will figure it out for themselves what is really going on.

If it persists or you feel threatened or endangered then you need to get legal advice or call the police.

I have a uBPD/NPD sister and I have recently been telling people who may have contact with her that she will probably start telling lies about me and starting smear campaigns. I thought I would get in there first for a change and take the power back.

You can't change anyone else's behaviour you can only change and control your own.

guitarman X
Title: Re: Moving past blame?
Post by: treesgrowslowly on July 13, 2019, 01:03:50 PM
I agree with guitarmans whole post.

I had to learn that what I do and how I feel are two different things, and if I am being blamed for something, its really up to me to see that I did my best with a tough situation.

Being smeared is one of the hardest things to navigate when you are in it. Over time in hindsight its easier to see that the smearers had an agenda. 2 years after a smear campaign here is what I learned:

Smearing is done to regain control in a dysfunctional group. It "works" in the short term because it runs the smeared person out. Over time the people left in the group are smearers and their enablers. New members tend to believe they can avoid the smearers.  The group is never really stable and healthy but with new people coming in regularly, the smearing cycles keep going. The smearer usually works hard to ensure no one runs them out of the group. Usually by being aggressive, or passive aggressive.

Healthy groups address the smearing and unhealthy groups let the smearing continue.

I also learned that the inaction by a few folks can enable a whole lot of drama by a smearer who wants to feel in control. Sometimes healthy people are there too in the group, but they are so busy with their tasks that the smearing continues without their knowledge.

If we put ourselves in the shoes of someone who is manipulative, all they need is to have access to someone to manipulate, and be in a group where there are no consequences to them for their behaviours (ie no one holds them accountable). Inaction by others is a form of enabling.

None of this is safe for anyone but the smeared feels the helplessness, shame, guilt or anger that others don't seem to be feeling. I think you show a lot of courage by wanting to apply positive mental strategies to your unfortunate experience with this group. You might have been excited about the potential for this group to be a place where good things could happen, and there is a lot of anger and grief when we realize we can't enjoy our membership in a group we wanted to belong to.

When we make the decision to walk away from a group with a smear campaign, it is very painful. The positive mental strategies come from reminding yourself of the courage it took for you to see the smearing for what it is. This was your gut and brain working together telling you that you are strong and you can get through this. ❤