“Signaling virtuous victimhood as indicators of Dark Triad personalities.” (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, full text available):
The cry that one is a victim of injustice, oppression, intolerance, or any of the myriad reasons why people believe they are prevented from getting what they want in life has echoed loudly through the ages. It remains so today. … we propose that claiming victim status, an act we refer to as victim signaling, also allows victims to pursue an environmental resource extraction strategy that helps them survive, flourish, and achieve their goals in situations that are responsive to their claims. By resource extraction we mean that resources are transferred from either individuals or larger institutions (e.g., the state, organization) to the person who signals victimhood.
The obligation to alleviate others’ pain can be found in most of the world’s moral systems. It also appears to be built into the structure of the mind by evolution, as evidenced by the human tendency to feel distress at signs of suffering. It is therefore not surprising that many people are motivated to help perceived victims of misfortune or disadvantage
The four authors come from the University of British Columbia’s “Immorality Lab”:
The Immorality Lab was created in 2009 at the campus of the University of British Columbia in affiliation with Sauder School of Business and the Faculty of Psychology. The purpose of the lab is to unite a virtual community of international scholars who study the many ways people mistreat one another and contribute to the sum total of misery and unhappiness in the world.
The head of the lab describes himself as “A Leader who sets no example and “High School Graduate (w/o honors)”.
How is it possible that the Canadians are studying immorality? These are the people who have promised to take every low-skill migrant whom the U.S. rejects? (see “Why accept any refugees to the U.S. if they are welcome in Canada?” and “Can the refugee caravan at the U.S. border simply fly up to Canada?” (in which offered to spend $50,000 of my own funds to deliver migrants to Vancouver, but the Canadians did not accept the offer)) In fact, they don’t even use the word “migrant” or “immigrant,” but rather “New Canadian” or “new citizen”.
Shouldn’t an immorality lab be centered in a U.S. state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump?
Maximum virtue on display, captured in some photos during a now-illegal trip to Toronto in March 2019:
- “The Domestic Violence Parallel Track” (turning victim status into cash in the U.S. family courts)
- “Divorce Litigation” (despite the no-fault (“unilateral” or “plaintiff is guaranteed to win”) nature of U.S. divorce, showing up to court in the posture of an abuse victim is conventional)
2 thoughts on “Academic study of virtuous victimhood from the immorality lab”
> How is it possible that the Canadians are studying immorality?
Like your friend said, they live in the apartment above the meth lab, so they try to understand it while keeping their safe distance.
Also, living in a preternaturally “nice” country where even the guys who haul the trash away are the equivalent of assistant professors in America, understanding the dynamics of victim/virtue signalling is a full-time job.
Pro tip: nobody studies their own immorality with any fervor these days; much better to focus on that of others.
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