Friday, May 27, 2011

stockholm syndrome

According to Wikipedia "In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors. 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 as an act of kindness." Thanks Wikipedia.

Doesn't everyone suffer from this growing up with their parents? Every one's parents are bat shit crazy to one degree or another, and as a child you have no choice but to endure. You are a hostage because you are too young to leave. Later you are a hostage of guilt. Don't you feel empathy and have positive feelings toward your parents when they are not fucking with you even though they could hurt you beyond all reason at any moment.
Of course, many women suffer Stockholm syndrome with the husbands. If their husbands are mentally or physically abusive, they express empathy and have positive feelings toward their captors. These men abuse them to the point of crushing their self worth. So are captives to their men because they feel they don't deserve any better.
I guess this whole definition hinges on the word "captors." So many horrible situations boil down to linguistics.

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