“Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.” One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim believes the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be perceived as a threat.
Much of our society suffers from the “Stockholm Syndrome”. Their captors may be peers, teachers, professors, or upper management. In order to appease those who have power over them, they begin to identify and defend those who hold sway over them. If they can incorporate their superior’s values, it protects their ego by supporting and not opposing what they know is wrong. In other words, they abandon their values and accept their captors, thus, preventing shame in themselves for accepting those values, knowing that to oppose them would bring social or economic punishment to themselves.
This has resulted in many people professing certain beliefs, but unable to defend those beliefs, knowing deep inside that they are wrong. Instead, they attack their mentor’s enemies with insults instead of logic. How has this worked out? Well, for some reason, we have a Muslim president, who has brought in 800,000 Mid-Eastern immigrants, has overturned Middle Eastern governments in favor of radicals, has punished Israel, while pumping over a billion dollars this year into Iran, the leading exporter of terrorism, who has sworn to wipe Israel off the map with their atomic bomb. We now have Muslims in every prominent level of government. And we have his possible successor promising more of the same.
The “Stockholm Syndrome” in open society can be called the ‘surrender syndrome”, or “join-the-enemy syndrome” If we are to preserve our freedom, people must take a stand and begin to think and act for themselves, rather than surrendering their dignity for fear of bad grades or termination of employment. “Give me liberty or give me death.” There is no personal threat worse than losing one’s freedom. Don’t accept a belief out of fear or bad grades or unemployment. Only accept a belief for fear of losing one’s freedom and dignity.
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