Two out of every three women have been abused at some time in their lives. Men also experience abuse in relationships – often in the form of verbal or emotional abuse.
What is it that drives people to stay in abusive relationships? Why do abused victims find it so incredibly difficult to escape or leave abusive relationships?
In 2013, it was discovered that Ariel Castro had abducted and held hostage in his home, three girls for almost ten years (Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.) One of the girls, Amanda Berry gave birth to Castro’s child who is now 6 years of age.
What caused these women to stay in the house and not make repeated attempts to escape? Was it just fear?
Testifying at the trial, Dr. Frank Ochberg, the internationally acclaimed expert on trauma and the Stockholm Syndrome revealed that often in these types of cases, the hostages bond, empathize, become emotionally attached and can even form a romantic bond with the kidnapper/hostage taker. This phenomenon is known as The Stockholm Syndrome.
Is Stockholm Syndrome responsible for what keeps men and women emotionally captive in abusive relationships?
Dr. Frank Ochberg, is an acclaimed psychiatrist, a pioneer in trauma science, an educator and the editor of the first text on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is one of the founding fathers of modern psychotraumatology and served on the committee that defined PTSD. Dr. Ochberg was responsible for identifying, defining and explaining The Stockholm Syndrome.
Human Behavior Expert, Dr. Patrick Wanis and Dr. Frank Ochberg explore The Stockholm Syndrome, the Ariel Castro case and abusive relationships. Dr. Ochberg reveals the way that the fear, the abuse and even torture create the emotional bond between the abused and the abuser. They also discuss specific cases and examples of abusive relationships.
Dr. Frank Ochberg applauds Dr. Wanis: “You do have a really powerful way of joining, looking, searching human behavior; it’s a real skill and it’s a pleasure to have a conversation with you.”