In doing research on another subject, I ran across this article, a part of which I’ve excerpted below.
- It wasn’t my fault!
Rationalization and projection of blame attempt to distance the addict from the consequences of his (actually, of his addiction’s) actions.
- You’re not so pure yourself!
Following the adage that “the best defense is a good offense” the addict seeks to turn the tables and distract attention from himself by “attacking the attacker….”
- Trust me – I know what I am doing!
The addict, blinded to reality by his own denial, attempts to reassure those who have begun to wonder about his judgment….
- I’m not nearly as bad as OTHER people!
An almost universal addictive rationalization. The addict compares himself to people who are in his opinion in far worse shape….
- Look at all I have done for you! or This is the thanks I get!
Another “guilt trip” designed to disarm or deflect criticism of addictive behavior.
- Now is not a good time to stop!
Another nearly universal addictive rationalization. ”I’ll quit tomorrow” is a familiar addictive refrain. The time never seems quite right to stop – even though the addict may be or seem to be perfectly sincere in his determination
Do any of these excuses sound familiar in today’s political arena?