Stockholm Syndrome- describes the behavior of kidnap victims who, over time, become sympathetic to their captors. The name derives from a 1973 hostage incident in Stockholm, Sweden. At the end of six days of captivity in a bank, several kidnap victims actually resisted rescue attempts, and afterwards refused to testify against their captors.
What causes Stockholm Syndrome?
What is Trauma Bond?
In order to discover whether or not a trauma bond exists in your life, ask yourslef the following questions:
What are the ingredients of a Traumatic Bond?
Children and Trauma Bonding:
There are two events that occur to create a powerful reinforcement sustaining the traumatic bond:
A hormone that we know is present during trauma is the one that sets of contractions for childbirth: Oxytocin. Oxytocin prevents memory consolidation - this means that the part of our brain that is responsible for registering pain is disconnected from that pain. We are not likely to remember the pain of a traumatic event becuase it wasn't registering at the time of the incident. Oxytocin is also called the bonding hormone because it facilitates bonding. While this is a good idea for mothers and babies, it is a very frightening byproduct for victims of abuse: they bond to the person that has abused them and there is no clear memory of the abuse. The more frequent and severe the abuse, the stronger the bond becomes. This is different that healthy attachment.
For more information about trauma bonding, read Patrick Carnes' book: Betrayal Bonds, Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships. (This book can be purchased from receptionist at TRC)
For more information about the clinical approach utilized at TRC to free people from trauma bonds, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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