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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Stockholm Syndrome, Definition, History, Famous Examples, Sexual Abuse Victims, Physical And Psychological Effects, Coping Mechanism, Recovery

 WHAT IS THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME?

Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm syndrome refers to symptoms that may occur in a person who is in a hostage situation or otherwise held prisoner. Typically, these feelings can be described as sympathy toward captors or the development of a bond with the captor or captors.

This reaction can also be recognized in those who have left religious cults, abusive relationships, or other traumatic situations.

Stockholm syndrome is not a recognized psychological diagnosis, but rather, an attempt to explain the symptoms appearing in some individuals who are held captive. A person who experiences Stockholm syndrome comes to bond with the captor and may experience feelings of love, empathy, or a desire to protect the captor. The hostage may also often develop negative feelings toward the police or other parties who are attempting rescue.

The Stockholm Syndrome can be found inside of: extremist fundamentalist evangelical cults where there is oppression, mafia type gangs, terror groups, political 'gangs', financial organizations where profit above all else is all that matters, abusive relationships, mass media propaganda, religious propaganda, human traffickers, sexual abuse, political propaganda, dictators, despots, authoritarians, boss/employee relationships, and more...

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME; A CHILD BEING ABUSED LOVES THE PARENT ABUSING THEM; AND A RELIGION ENCOURAGES THE ABUSE OF THE CHILD 


Amita Durgaprasad This backwards, archaic mindset breaks my heart and makes me want to vomit!!

A woman posts a picture of a Mother's Day note from her child who thanks her for "whooping" her. The child says they hurt but she still loves her mom. And then mom proclaims that she "must be doing something right". (yeah and we can tell by her kid's spelling! :\ )

I seriously can't understand how anyone thinks hurting their child under the guise of "discipline" is okay just because they "love" them.

The thinking that this little girl expresses is the same an abused partner expresses in a violent relationship. Domestic violence will not decrease as long as we continue promoting this thinking and as long as we keep hitting our children. It's no wonder that JUST LIKE domestic violence victims who blame themselves for incurring their abusers wrath, that despite being sad & hurting from the domestic violence inflicted on her, this child still thinks that her mother hitting her is sweet. 

This child has already been effectively brainwashed to believe that pain and love go together. And unfortunately, as her brain continues to develop, the messages of love and pain will merge in the pre-frontal cortex region where she will experience the two as a biological process.

She will likely grow up to believe that being assaulted by her mother was a good thing that made her "turn out fine." She will say that she deserved it. That it kept her out of trouble. That it made her successful and kept her alive. She will absolve the legacy of her mother's parenting and not be able to recognize that her mom used excuses -- racism, the police, mass incarceration, etc. to violate her body because she lacked the tools to heal her own pain.

And that will enter all of her relationships. Romantic ones, friendships, relationships, everything! And people will beat her down with words for her "bad choices" and she will accept that criticism and continue to abuse herself externally and internally.
It is so sad how children can be brainwashed so young into believing their parent hurting them is deserved and needed. So fucking gross, heartbreaking and sick........Stockholm Syndrome at its worst!

Its incredibly sad! :'(

This is WHY corporal punishment is WRONG!!!!"

CHILDREN WHO GREW UP IN AN ABUSIVE HOME END UP MORE OFTEN AS MASS MURDERERS OR SERIAL KILLERS


PAT ROBERTSON: NON-RELIGIOUS CHILDREN SHOULD BE BEATEN UNTIL THEY RESPECT CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
“Somebody take that kid to the woodshed and let him understand the blessings of discipline,” Robertson advised before predicting that the kid would end up in prison if a strong male figure didn’t start beating him right away.

“He needs a strong male figure. He’s going to wind up in a correctional institution, and the next thing you know, he’s going to be doing hard time in some prison. And then he would wish he wasn’t such a smart, you know, wise guy. Because he’ll be disciplined in a way that he’ll never forget in some prison… He needs discipline in the worst possible way.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

One solution Pat Robertson conveniently didn’t mention is for Karen to stop bringing up religion at her daughter’s home. She says she has “shared her beliefs many times with them” and admits that it always causes an argument. Well, there’s her problem. Stop trying to force your beliefs upon your daughter’s family and the arguments will probably cease. It’s not that people are offended by someone just because they practice a certain religion, they just tend to get offended when someone tries to force those beliefs onto them. By doing this, Karen is inviting arguments, hard feelings, and ridicule from family members who don’t want to be preached to during a holiday or any other day of the year for that matter.

Physical punishment does not work. Physical abuse only results in a dysfunctional adult who abuses the people around them, their own children, and sometimes ends up becoming a serial killer. (Serial killers and mass murderers were often physically, mentally and emotionally abused as children by their parents or guardians.)

AMERICA IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY THE NRA, WHICH ENCOURAGES AND PROMOTES MENTALLY ILL AND VIOLENCE PRONE INDIVIDUALS OWNING LOTS OF AR 15 GUNS AND MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF AMMO, PLUS HUGE MAGAZINES


Huge corporations own the US government, and US politicians via legal 'bribes'. Those bribes prevent any action from being taken after mass murders in schools, concerts, movie theaters and more. No other developed country has as many mass murders as the US does. 



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How Violence Prone Mentally Ill Can Buy Military Assault Weapons, Body Armor, 6,000 Rounds Of Ammo, SWAT Gear, Legally In Gun Stores (Aurora Colorado Mass Murderer James Holmes) Then Commit Mass Murder In America


THOSE CAUGHT IN THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME ARE OFTEN IN DENIAL AND CANNOT HEAR OR SEE IT


Isabel Lässig One simply cannot speak to people about Stockholme Syndrome when they don't know what is Stockholm Syndrome and that they are suffering from it.

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ABUSE THAT CREATES STOCKHOLM SYNDROME CAN BE PERSONAL, GROUP/CULT BASED, NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL; WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?





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Stockholme Syndrome is also deeply embedded within Doublethink.

Doublethink In History And Present Day Modern Society, 1984 Definition Of Double Think, Wanting To Be Normal And Fit In Is Part Of It; A Primer In The Art Of Nuclear Deception And Sleight Of Hand, By Paul Zimmerman

WHEN THE ONES BEING ABUSED AND VICTIMIZED DEFEND THEIR ABUSER, AND/OR FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ABUSER, THAT IS STOCKHOLM SYNDROME


Wikipedia; "Stockholm syndrome is a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.[1]

These alliances result from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time together, but they are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.

The FBI's Hostage Barricade Database System and Law Enforcement Bulletin indicate that roughly 8% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.[2][3]

This term was first used by the media in 1973 when four hostages were taken during a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden. The hostages defended their captors after being released and would not agree to testify in court against them.[4] Stockholm syndrome is paradoxical because the sympathetic sentiments that captives feel towards their captors are the opposite of the fear and disdain which an onlooker might feel towards the captors.

There are four key components that characterize Stockholm syndrome:

A hostage's development of positive feelings towards the captor

No previous relationship between hostage and captor

A refusal by hostages to cooperate with police forces and other government authorities

A hostage's belief in the humanity of the captor because they cease to perceive the captor as a threat when the victim holds the same values as the aggressor[2]

Stockholm syndrome is a "contested illness" due to doubt about the legitimacy of the condition.[4] It has also come to describe the reactions of some abuse victims beyond the context of kidnappings or hostage-taking. Actions and attitudes similar to those suffering from Stockholm syndrome have also been found in victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, terror, and political and religious oppression.[4]

History
Stockholm bank robbery
Main article: Norrmalmstorg robbery

In 1973, Jan-Erik Olsson, a convict on parole, took four employees of the bank (three women and one man) hostage during a failed bank robbery in Kreditbanken, one of the largest banks in Stockholm, Sweden. He negotiated the release from prison of his friend Clark Olofsson to assist him. They held the hostages captive for six days (23–28 August) in one of the bank’s vaults. When they were released, none of them would testify against either captor in court; instead they began raising money for their defense.[4]

Nils Bejerot, a Swedish criminologist and psychiatrist coined the term after Stockholm police asked him for assistance with analyzing the victims' reactions to the 1973 bank robbery and their status as hostages. As the idea of brainwashing was not a new concept, Bejerot, speaking on "a news cast after the captives' release" instinctively reduced the hostages' reactions to a result of being brainwashed by their captors.[4] He called it Norrmalmstorgssyndromet, meaning "The Norrmalmstorg Syndrome"; it later became known outside of Sweden as the Stockholm syndrome.[5] It was originally defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations.[6]

Olsson later said in an interview:

It was the hostages' fault. They did everything I told them to. If they hadn't, I might not be here now. Why didn't any of them attack me? They made it hard to kill. They made us go on living together day after day, like goats, in that filth. There was nothing to do but get to know each other.[7]

Other famous examples
Mary McElroy

Mary McElroy was abducted from her home in 1933 at age 25 by four men who held a gun to her, demanded her compliance, took her to an abandoned farmhouse, and chained her to a wall. She defended her kidnappers when she was released, explaining that they were only businessmen. She then continued to visit her captors while they were in jail. She eventually committed suicide and left the following note: “My four kidnappers are probably the only people on Earth who don't consider me an utter fool. You have your death penalty now – so, please, give them a chance."[8]

Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped in 1998 at age 10 and kept in an insulated, dark room under the garage of Wolfgang Priklopil. She would receive a variation of kind, physically and sexually abusive, controlling, and permissive treatment from her captor. Eight years after her kidnapping, Kampusch left and Priklopil committed suicide. After her kidnapper's death, Kampusch lamented and kept a picture of him in her wallet.

Kampusch now owns the house in which she was imprisoned, saying, "I know it's grotesque – I must now pay for electricity, water and taxes on a house I never wanted to live in". It was reported that she claimed the house from Přiklopil's estate because she wanted to protect it from vandals and being torn down; she also noted that she has visited it since her escape.[9] When the third anniversary of her escape approached, it was revealed she had become a regular visitor at the property and was cleaning it out possibly to move in herself.[10]

In January 2010, Kampusch said she had retained the house because it was such a big part of her formative years, also stating that she would fill in the cellar if it is ever sold, adamant that it will never become a macabre museum to her lost adolescence.[11] The cellar was indeed filled in, though Kampusch still owns the house.[12]

Patty Hearst

Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst, was taken and held hostage by the Symbionese Liberation Army, "an urban guerilla group", in 1974. She was recorded denouncing her family as well as the police under her new name, "Tania", and was later seen working with the SLA to rob banks in San Francisco. She publicly asserted her sympathetic feelings towards the SLA and their pursuits as well. After her 1975 arrest, pleading Stockholm syndrome did not work as a proper defense in court, much to the chagrin of her defense lawyer, F. Lee Bailey. Her seven-year prison sentence was later commuted, and she was eventually presidentially pardoned by Bill Clinton, who was informed that she was not acting under her own free will.[4]

Colleen Stan

In 1977, Colleen Stan was hitchhiking to visit a friend in southern California when she was kidnapped by Cameron Hooker and his wife Janice and forced to live in a wooden restraining box underneath their bed. For seven years she was repeatedly raped and tortured by Cameron and forced to live life as a sort of domestic/sex slave. Even though she was allowed to socialize with Janice and even visit her mother, she still continued to live in the box and did not attempt to escape. She was eventually freed by Janice, who asked Stan to not disclose her abuse as Janice was attempting to reform Cameron. Stan remained silent until Janice finally decided to turn Cameron over to the police.[13]

Sexual abuse victims

There is evidence that some victims of childhood sexual abuse come to feel a connection with their abuser. They often feel flattered by the adult attention or are afraid that disclosure will create family disruption. In adulthood, they resist disclosure for emotional and personal reasons.[14]

Symptoms and behaviours

Victims of the formal definition of Stockholm syndrome develop "positive feelings toward their captors and sympathy for their causes and goals, and negative feelings toward the police or authorities".[4] These symptoms often follow escaped victims back into their previously ordinary lives.[17]

Physical and psychological effects

Cognitive: confusion, blurred memory, refusal to accept the reality of events and recurring flashbacks.

Emotional: lack of feeling, fear, helplessness, hopelessness, aggression, depression, guilt, dependence on captor and development of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Social: anxiety, irritability, cautiousness and estrangement.

Physical: increase in effects of pre-existing conditions; development of health conditions due to possible restriction from food, sleep, and exposure to outdoors.[18]

Coping mechanism

From a psychoanalytic lens, it can be argued that Stockholm syndrome arises strictly as a result of survival instincts. Strentz states, "the victim’s need to survive is stronger than his impulse to hate the person who has created the dilemma." A positive emotional bond between captor and captive is a "defense mechanism of the ego under stress".[4] These sentimental feelings are not strictly for show, however. Since captives often fear that their affection will be perceived as fake, they eventually begin to believe that their positive sentiments are genuine. The conception of Stockholm syndrome has grown to include victims of kidnappings or hostage instances, domestic or child abuse, human trafficking, incest, prisoners of war, political terrorism, cult members, concentration camp prisoners, slaves, and prostitutes.[4] It is believed that women are especially prone to developing the condition.[19]

Typically, Stockholm syndrome develops in captives when they engage in "face-to-face contact" with their captors, and when captors make captives doubt the likelihood of their survival by terrorizing them into "helpless, powerless, and submissive" states. This enables captors to appear merciful when they perform acts of kindness or fail to "beat, abuse, or rape" the victims.[4] Ideas like "dominance hierarchies and submission strategies" assist in devising explanations for the illogical reasoning behind the symptoms of those suffering from Stockholm syndrome as a result of any oppressive relationship.[19] Partial activation of the capture-bonding psychological trait may lie behind battered woman syndrome,[20] military basic training, fraternity hazing, and sex practices such as sadism/masochism or bondage/discipline.[21]

Possible evolutionary explanations

Evolutionarily speaking, research evidence exists to support the genuine scientific nature of Stockholm syndrome. Responses similar to those in human captives have been detected in some reptiles and mammals, primates in particular. Abuse and subsequent submission and appeasement by the victim have been observed among chimpanzees, leading to the theory that the Stockholm syndrome may have its roots in evolutionary needs.[22]

Life in the "environment of evolutionary adaptiveness" (EEA) is thought by researchers such as Israeli military historian Azar Gat to be similar to that of the few remaining hunter-forager societies, who asserts that war and abductions were typical of human pre-history.[10Being captured by neighbouring tribes was a relatively common event for women. In some of those tribes (Yanomamo, for instance), practically everyone in the tribe is descended from a captive within the last three generations. As high as one in ten of females were abducted and incorporated into the tribe that captured them.[15]Being captured[11] and having their children killed may have been common;[12] women who resisted capture risked being killed.[13] When selection is intense and persistent, adaptive traits (such as capture-bonding) become universal to the population or species.

Loving to survive

First published in 1994, author Dee Graham uses the Stockholm syndrome label to describe group or collective responses to trauma, rather than individual reactions. Graham focuses specifically on the impact of Stockholm syndrome on battered and abused women as a community.[23][4]She claimed that in both the psychological and societal senses, these women are defined by their sense of fear surrounding the threat of male violence. This constant fear is what drives these women to perform actions that they know will be pleasing to men in order to avoid emotional, physical, or sexual assault as a result of male anger. Graham draws parallels between women and kidnapping victims in the sense that these women bond to men to survive, as captives bond to their captors to survive.[4]

Recovery

Recovering from Stockholm syndrome ordinarily involves "psychiatric or psychological counseling", in which the patient is helped to realize that their actions and feelings stemmed from inherent human survival techniques. The process of recovery includes reinstating normalcy into the lives of victims, including helping the victim learn how to decrease their survival-driven behaviors.[9][19]


Huge monopolies are also part of the Stockholm Syndrome, as the victims of those monopolistic 1 percent led organizations traumatize and victimize the people caught inside of those monopolies, including the predatory Capitalistic system that oppresses and abuses the 99 percent. 

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https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2013/07/quotes-from-famous-people-about-nuclear.html

SOCIOPATHS OFTEN LEAD GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT USE THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME TO GAIN ABSOLUTE POWER INSIDE OF GROUP, RELIGION, OR NATION






SUMMARY

Victims of trauma may also suffer from PTSD. Trauma can easily trigger fear reactions, which then triggers the unconscious survival mechanism known as Stockholm Syndrome. Getting out of this trauma and fear based trigger/reaction negative loop involves getting therapy, increasing awareness of this syndrome, and teaching children or teens about it. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO


Discuss this syndrome with the people that you know may be caught up in it. 


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