this article about emotional martyrs. Martyrs of all types are perplexing to me. I read the drivel on LoveFraud and wonder, why would anyone choose to see the world this way? In which they are constantly being acted upon, never acting. I always want to think that I control everything, even if that means that I am the reason why something has gone wrong. It's very empowering and I surround myself by people who think like that as well because it rubs me the wrong way to have people blame me for their misfortunes. In my mind, we all make choices and should all have to suffer the consequences.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the above referenced article suggests that there is a connection between martyrs and the conscience-less:
Martyrs are often attracted to difficult and abusive people. They have a compulsive need to change them, make these people good, and make them appreciate and respect them. They pick spouses who are brutal or intolerant, who lack a conscience, who deceive and manipulate them, and who resist the martyr’s efforts to reform them. It is interesting that they unconsciously choose to be around impossible people, and that their efforts to rehabilitate the latter are doomed to fail.
Do they really want to change us? Or do they just like the abuse? I'm inclined to think the latter. My thoughts are that it's generally understood that people don't change so if people are around me, it must be because they like what I'm dishing out.