The phrase "Take responsibility
", usually utilized in a heated argument
involving some sort of misfortune
, is generally a clear indication that the two people arguing disagree
as to where the responsibility
for a given action actually lies. It is a mistaken conversation
that the speaker of the phrase is, actually, the responsible
one and in the right, although this is not always the case (as with anything
This has become one of the triggers that has been hardwired into all of our brains from our parents, or the television shows or movies we've all been exposed to in theme or function. The end result is that "Take responsibility" has become a sort of "magic phrase", useful for either shocking someone into re-evaluating their current analysis of situational responsibility, or conversely, to obscure a correct analysis by injecting an emotionally charged phrase, distracting the target from fully constructing their argument.
As with any other (knowing or unknowing) use of neurolinguistic programming, it can be used for good or for evil.