Stockholm Syndrome, codependency and other labels used to pathologize, blame and discredit victims.
There are many labels used to pathologise, blame and discredit victims:
- Stockholm Syndrome
- battered women’s syndrome
- learned helplessness
- traumatic bonding
- re-enactment of trauma
- repetition compulsion
- women choose abusive men
- women unconsciously attract abusive men
The concept of “Stockholm Syndrome” has become a ‘received truth’ in the mental health field. It shifts the focus away from actual events in context to invented pathologies in the minds of victims (particularly women).
“Stockholm syndrome” is one of many concepts that can be used to silence individuals who, as victims of violence, speak out publicly about negative social (i.e., institutional) responses.
Terms like Stockholm Syndrome and codepent need to be contested over and over again, as they are deeply embedded in the mind of many people who ‘helping’ victims of abuse.
I encourage you to dig deeper by reading the following three posts. Each link will open in a different tab. The first two are from this blog; the last one is from Confusion To Clarity.
Note: I do not necessarily endorse every resource that Confusion to Clarity recommends on their website, but it’s heartening that they are passing on the wisdom of people like Dr George Simon Jr and Dr Allan Wade.