Toxic Identification with an Abductor

Toxic identification with an abductor, often called Stockholm Syndrome, is a psychological response that victims may suffer from after they have been held captive for an extended period of time. It may also help explain why victims who have opportunities to run from their captor are unable to do so. Dr. Phil goes over the warning signs of toxic identification with an abductor:
  • Positive feelings by the victim toward the abuser/controller
  • Negative feelings by the victim toward family, friends or authorities trying to rescue/support them or win their release
  • Support of the abuser’s reasons or behaviors
  • Positive feelings by the abuser toward the victim
  • Supportive behaviors by the victim, at times helping the abuser
  • Inability to engage in behaviors that may assist in their release or detachment

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