May 5, 2021

Victim Blaming Post #4 Stockholm Syndrome

The term "Stockholm Syndrome" is ALL CRAP. Hogwash. Nonsense. Absurd. Rubbish. Malarky. Hooey. Doo doo. Lies.

Yet there are hundreds of cited research studies, articles, movies, and theories about abuse victims founded from it, and they are all based on something that isn't even real. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

The label "Stockholm Syndrome" was made up in 1973 by psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who was helping the police during a bank robbery by 2 men, which resulted in 4 people being taken hostage for six days. From the very start, the police botched the entire thing and recklessly put the hostages in danger, which left all 4 hostages upset and scared of the police, not the bank robbers, as the bank robbers treated them nicely and assured them they wouldn't be hurt. The robbers even let them call their families to let them know they were ok.

One of the hostages, Kristin Enmark, was especially vocal in how the police were putting them in more danger. She repeatedly spoke to the police and urged them to back off, but they wouldn't listen and eventually just refused to speak with her altogether. She also requested to speak to Dr. Bejerot, who refused to speak with her at all. Enmark then decided to do a live interview on the radio to urge for help and call the police out. When that didn't work, she even called the Prime Minister, and he refused to help, even telling her, "You're going to have to be content to die at your post," to which she replied, "I don't want to be some dead hero." (Those statements were conveniently cut from the recording shown to the public).

Desperate, Enmark called the radio a 2nd time and this time criticized the police AND Dr. Bejerot. And guess what Dr. Bejerot did? He decided to label her with a brand new syndrome he made up just for her (a woman he never talked to): Stockholm Syndrome.๐Ÿคฎ (Sidenote: His inspiration was likely rooted in works by Anna Freud -1942, and Bettelheim - 1943, who theorized that nazi prisoners identified with the Gestapo by imitating and dressing up like them, which turned out NOT to be true because Bettelheim was a big fat liar and never even had a psychology degree ๐Ÿ˜ฒ... Oddly, people still quote him as evidence Stockholm Syndrome is real though๐Ÿคฆ). To top it off, Bejerot perpetuated lies and publicly stated Enmark fell in love and had sex with her captors during the hostage (not true), and dismissed any comments she made calling it the effects of the "syndrome".๐Ÿ™„

Enmark basically didn't fit the mold of how men thought a "good little victim" should act and wasn't acting traumatized ENOUGH for their liking. Thus a new sub-genre of victim-blaming was born and is still used today to blame victims, like Natasha Kampusch, Elizabeth Smart, etc. It's a way to silence victims and pathologize them for normal behaviors in order to make them look unstable, or as Enmark stated, "Syndrome is a condition of illness. I became stamped as ill and thus not credible."

Enmark, Kampusch, Smart, etc. weren't ill or "bonded to their captor"๐Ÿ™„. If you listened to their stories, you'd know they were incredibly intelligent and calculated in their choices to survive. Actually, they are straight-up bad*sses. I freaking LOVE what they said :

"Looking for normality within the framework of a crime is not a syndrome...but people get annoyed when I say that." - Natasha Kambusch  

“Nobody should ever question why you didn’t do something... They have no idea what they would have done, and they certainly have no right to judge you. Everything I did, I did to survive." - Elizabeth Smart


Please watch this video about Kristin Enmark by Dr Allen Wade. The story is fascinating; you won't regret it! Turn up the volume really loud. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Stockholm syndrome is crap

Other Articles :

Victim Blaming Post #1 Codependency

Victim Blaming Post #2: Reactive Abuse or Mutual Abuse

Victim Blaming Post #3 The Drama Triangle (Karpman Triangle)

Victim Blaming Post #4 Stockholm Syndrome

Victim Blaming Post #5 "Learned Helplessness"

Victim Blaming Post #6 Trauma Bonded

Victim Blaming Post #7 : Prodependency

Victim Blaming Post #8: Ignoring Red Flags