Stockholm Syndrome and domestic abuse

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ever wonder why the abused stay or continue in a cycle of abuse even though divorced and rationalize the abuser’s abuse or explain it away?

A Cry For Justice

The Stockholm Syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.

There are four conditions of the Stockholm Syndrome which fit what many victims of domestic abuse experience:

  • presence of a perceived threat to your survival and the belief that the abuser would carry out the threat
  • presence of a perceived small kindness from the abuser to the victim
  • isolation from perspectives other than those other of the abuser
  • the perceived inability to escape the situation

Love and Stockholm Syndrome: The Mystery of Loving an Abuser is an article by Dr Joseph M Carver which explains this very well. We strongly…

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