Britney Spears gave a heartbreaking testimony this week about the abuse and trauma she’s experienced from her multi-year conservatorship.
Conservatorships are intended to protect those who are a danger to themselves, others and/or are gravely disabled.
We need to listen to victims of abuse and change systems that perpetuate these injustices.
Discussion on Channel Q Radio's The Morning Beat
Britney Spears & Stockholm Syndrome
Victims of various kinds of abuse — especially long lasting abuse — can develop positive feelings toward their perpetrator as a way of coping with a felt sense of powerlessness.
In addition, with Britney’s history in the limelight she was groomed to portray a facade of happiness and success.
Britney Spears' Conservatorship vs Stockholm Syndrome
Britney Spears reports repeated and long-lasting instances of not being able to become pregnant, undress in privacy, stop working, take needed breaks and being forced to take medications against her will. She stated living in denial about this, not knowing she could petition the court to end her conservatorship and experience resulting trauma from how she was treated.
Stockholm Syndrome includes developing positive feelings toward a person's captor, abuser and/or perpetrator, usually over a long extended time where it's emotionally or physically impossible to fight or flee.
Where these situations overlap is that there are similar abuses described that in her words, mirror sex trafficking.