To take responsibility for your life, is to take responsibility for your powers of thinking, feeling, speaking and acting, because this is the structure of all human experience. You create your life with your thoughts, feelings, words and actions.
For some people, it seems impossible to take responsibility for their mistakes. While this can be infuriating, it may be easier to accept if you understand it.People like this often blame their mistakes on someone or something else, rather than admitting any role in it.
If you or someone you know struggles with taking responsibility, there are reasons behind it. Oftentimes, this behavior isn’t intended, and they truly don’t want to be this way. They tend to be negative and harbor pain or distress, which contributes to the behavior.
Not taking responsibility for mistakes can present itself in different ways. It can make the person vulnerable, and it will also cause them to do the following:
place the blame on someone or something else
make excuses for what has or hasn’t happened
not owning up to something that they have done
often say something along the lines of, “it’s not my fault.”
While bad things happen in life, it is important to take responsibility for some of it. While it may be hard to understand why some people struggle with this, counselors explain the reasoning.
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