Title

Scapegoat Pathology

Author

Istvan Kacso

Publication Date

2-2015

Abstract

Is it possible to live without conflicts? Individuals and groups of individuals are often scapegoated to resolve conflicts and crisis. Based on previous research, it is argued that when a person or group is scapegoated (bullied) for a significant period of time, the individual or group is in danger of developing a certain pathology, named scapegoat pathology in this dissertation. A Global Assessment of Scapegoat Health (GASH) is proposed. It is also argued that there is a high risk that scapegoat pathology permeates the culture of the scapegoated group, and if the individuals of the group do not develop and maintain a healthy (collective) identity and (master) narrative(s), then they will develop a maladaptive and pathological culture. Scapegoated cultures were contrasted and used as examples to illustrate the arguments of the dissertation. Special attention was paid to Hungarians and Hungarian culture. Finally, an argument is made for specific interventions to address scapegoat pathology and maladaptive (pathological) cultures resulting from scapegoating, bullying, and mobbing.

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

First Advisor

Dueck, Alvin C.

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

Blame, Blaming the victim, Bullying

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

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Embargo Period

10-17-2018

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