In Jay Adams’ monumental book Competent to Counsel he discusses the origin of our tendency toward blame shifting on page 213. His foot note there was quite helpful to me –

5889987170374dc323b04e75f7a6b1bc“The Scriptures highlight this sinful tendency.  Note Proverbs 19:3, “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord” (RSV), or in R.B.Y. Scott’s translation, “It is a man’s own stupidity which ruins his life, yet he is bitter against the Lord,”  Anchor Bible (New York: Doubleday, 1965).

It is important to understand that misery, sorry, disappointment, heartache, and bitterness, come from one’s own stupidity.  Others do not make us bitter or miserable, regardless of what they do to us.  It is our problem. By wrongly responding, we hurt ourselves.  And yet man, in his rebellion and sin, not only rages against others, striking out with blame while excusing himself, but from the Garden of Eden his heart has raged against the Lord.  Adam’s words are very plain: they implicate God in the problem which Adam brought upon himself.  For he said, “Lord, the woman which you gave me, she is the one who gave me to eat of the fruit and then caused me to sin.”  He sees the woman as the secondary cause, and God as the primary cause of the problem.

The Freudian viewpoint finally boils down to this, that God is to blame for the misery and ruin of man.  Freudian blame shifting leads to the idea that man is not responsible for what he is or does; others are secondary causes are responsible.  This means God ultimately is responsible, since man himself has no choice in these matters.   Christians must reject this Freudian point of view.”

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