Q & A -I am in love with my abuser- is this Stockholm Syndrome?

Yes, Stockholm Syndrome can develop in relationships with abusive partners. Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological response that occurs when hostages or abuse victims develop feelings of empathy, trust, and even affection for their captors or abusers. It is a complex and often misunderstood phenomenon that can occur in a variety of contexts, including cases of domestic abuse.

In cases of domestic abuse, victims may experience Stockholm Syndrome as a result of prolonged exposure to their abusers and the belief that they are unable to escape their situation. Victims may begin to identify with their abusers and believe that their abusive behavior is justified or even deserved. They may also develop a sense of dependence on their abusers and feel that they cannot survive without them.

It is important to note, however, that not all victims of domestic abuse develop Stockholm Syndrome, and not all individuals who develop Stockholm Syndrome are victims of abuse. The development of Stockholm Syndrome is a complex process that can be influenced by a variety of factors, including the victim’s personality, the abuser’s behavior, and the specific circumstances of the situation.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, it is important to seek help and support from a trusted friend, family member, or professional. Domestic abuse can have serious and long-lasting effects on both the victim and their family, and it is important to take steps to ensure that everyone involved is safe and protected.

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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