Stockholm syndrome at workplace



How much of us can sincerely say: “I love my work and i enjoy to woke up every morning because it makes me happy.”

Hard times, age of recession makes us more materialists than we wish to be. Once upon a time we could say that we are poor and happy, but nowadays we will say that we cannot pay bills with a hug.



Why we keep a job which we don’t like? This is kind of debt slavery. We need money to survive and it is hard to find well paid job and keep smile at face. Money is magnet and everybody want to get rich, so even not favorite work will be desired by many. Your instinct for survival will simply forget dream job and turn into reality your wishes.



Patty Hearst was granddaughter of rich man Randolph Hearst. She was kidnapped in February 1974, when she was 19, by urban guerrilla group called SLA.  It had happened in California. Two months later she announced that she joined to this group voluntary and that her name is now Tanya. She connected with her captors and build sympathy towards them. This psychological phenomenon is called Stockholm syndrome, as form of traumatic bonding between victim and captor. She simply started to believe in the same values as her aggressor.



Nowadays some people are captured by debt slavery. Our boss will convince us that this work is our future, safe shelter and only chance to survive. So, employers start to build habit, even they have no good treatment at work.



Young girl can work at kitchen and her boss chef can do sexual harassment but she will not report him because she needs money. During time, she accepted that situation as normal and she is grateful.

Workers became donkeys, they will approve paddles as tools of discipline. Their thinking is, that they don’t deserve better or that they are not able to find better job.

This is example of situation which really happened at work. Boss was woman, and she was kind of female dictator. She was moody and her secretary was man. He had family and big debts. This boss had habit to underestimate him , he was her punching bag. Once she throw on the floor about 100 files. Then she ordered him to pick up all files, and he did that. In other situation she ordered him to carry her bag and walk behind her. He never complained in public even everybody at work knew that she is abusing him. An opposite, on business meeting he said that his boss is so clever that she could sell ice to Eskimo.



The worst kind of problem appears when we give up. Then, we are perfect material for shape and manipulations. Patty Hearst was robbing banks, and later she was caught and she spent some time in prison. Captors washed her brain. 

Some people think that they have no right to ask better for themselves, so they accept to be some kind of slaves. They can be so dangerous that they will snitch if boss ask them to do it, they will report other people and play double roles. Stockholm syndrome is present nowadays just we need to recognize that.

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