The Psychology of Abuse: Learned Helplessness or the Stockholm Syndrome


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Essay #: 055033
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The Psychology of Abuse: Learned Helplessness or the Stockholm Syndrome
The incident that will be the focus of this paper is an incident of domestic abuse with which I was indirectly involved. This paper will examine and attempt to explain this incident with reference to the discussion of “learned helplessness” in Myers (2007) and the “Stockholm Syndrome” in Cantor and Price (2007). It will be concluded that the Stockholm Syndrome article most accurately explains most elements in the incident in question.
My knowledge of the incident took place in the course of a phone call made to me by one of my girlfriends after we had been out for a movie on a Friday night. We had both gotten to our respective homes, and shortly afterward I received a...
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.....explains the whole incident – including the post-incident response – even more accurately. I did not understand the incident at the time, and was angry at my friend for not leaving. The psychological explanations reveal, with reference to research and real-life parallels, how such situations are common examples of psychological conditioning that I now understand occur in our everyday lives.
Cantor, C. & Price, J. (2007). Traumatic entrapment, appeasement,
and complex post-traumatic stress disorder: Evolutionary
perspectives of hostage reactions, domestic abuse and the
Stockholm syndrome. Australian and New Zealand Journal of
Psychiatry, 41.5, 377-384.
Myers, D.G. (2007). Psychology: Eighth edition in modules. New
York: Worth.