The Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in a hostage, in which the hostage exhibits seeming loyalty to the hostage-taker, in spite of the danger (or at least risk) the hostage has been put in. Stockholm syndrome is also sometimes discussed in reference to other situations with similar tensions, such as battered woman syndrome, child abuse cases, and bride kidnapping.
Learned helplessness as a technical term in animal psychology and related human psychology means a condition of a human being or an animal in which it has learned to behave helplessly, even when the opportunity is restored for it to help itself by avoiding an unpleasant or harmful circumstance to which it has been subjected.
Are Iranians inside Iran, or at least the majority of them, only victims of another form of Stockholm Syndrome and/or prey to a major case of Learned Helplessness in respect to what is being inflicted upon them by the rulers of the country?
After all, for the most part, they know what's being done to them, don't they? So why do they actually sympathize with the rulers sometimes? More, why do they think they can't help themselves even if they outnumber those who rule by far?
What do you think?
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