A therapist, a support group, even a friend can provide this to varying degrees, and give the rope a ‘nudge’ to make sure the scapegoat is ok when the depths of their shadow overwhelms. Lastly, and most importantly, the term ‘scapegoat’ must be written and placed on the wall and looked at every day. As a person takes the journey toward recovery, withstanding the countless days of hell and confusion, a day should come when they feel ready to drop that term and embrace a new way of being where no terms are needed. They are human beings, complex, terrible, and wonderful at the same time, with the potential to be anything.
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