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Stockholm Syndrome is not for the hostages alone, You might be a victim


Humans are diagnosed with different medical conditions. Are you aware of a condition known as the Stockholm Syndrome? It is of the essence to understand the derivation of this condition. Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden. Some of our names are charactonyms just like this condition was named after a bank robbery in Sweden, 1973 when two hijackers held four men captive for six days. Everyone would have expected rebellion, stubbornness, or vengeance from the hostages towards the captors. Unbelievably, after the rescue, they began to raise money for their captors for defense. They also refused to testify against them. The syndrome is a psychological response perceived reverse of the fear, torture, torment, horror, disparagement, and agony of the abuse. The victim tries to counterbalance by developing positive attitudes, attraction, sympathy, love, or bonds with their captors or abusers. However, this condition does not affect everybody under these circumstances.

We face humiliation, harassment, or different types of abuse at every angle of our social interactions. The abuse can be either euphemistic or dysphemistic or even go to extremes of demanding authority intervention. But how do you respond to the manipulation? Stockholm Syndrome does not only happen to hostages but also develops from our immediate socialization when we least expect and without our realization. It emerges in the event of an abusive manager, toxic relationships, a political leader, your opponents, spouse, lecturer, next-door neighbor, or even your attacks. If you are not a confined captive, it is wise to seek intervention. But in the event you are detained, the puzzle might be hard to solve. Many psychologists and therapeutic specialists consider the syndrome a coping mechanism that can either spare you depression or trauma or even save your life at some point since the victim ends up not attacking back. It happens when victims feel powerless over the captor, thus experiencing a subsidiarity complex.  

Stockholm syndrome victims undergo an abuse cycle restructuring their attitudes towards the abuse and the abductors or abusers. Then reality predominates the leeway of their inner gambles to overturn events. A feeling of reliance for survival and trust tends to nullify that of anxiety and terror. The most effective trigger to this syndrome is a signal of kindness or compassion showed by the oppressor to their victims despite its insignificance.

Some of the symptoms associated with this syndrome are denial and helplessness that transits to the inner being yearning for comfort and assurance from their captor that they are in safe hands and only trust or a bond can save them. As a result, when the tyrant feeds that ache with favors, the victim’s perception responds by feeling a sense of humanity, belonging, sensitivity, and reliability of their bully. Then mind might even direct the damaging oomph, uncertainty, and insecurity towards the authority or people who can liberate them or make them see the truth. Some victims even align the values, beliefs, norms, and interests of their abusers with theirs and have a conviction that they have a common goal. The last symptom associated with this is the intimate feelings of love that can be either tangible or deluding. 

Incase of post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual disorders, body tissue damage, denial, or any other condition that may arise victim should confide in a medical practitioner or a loved one for immediate assistance. 


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