a reply to: JBIZZ
Its not as simple as just TDS. Most leftists suffer from both Stockholm syndrome & Munchhausen syndrome, which exasperates their TDS.
Stockholm syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.
Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention, sympathy, or
reassurance to themselves.
That is actually a very valid observation IMO. I am familiar with both psychoses, and your explanation makes sense.
I have also, since getting involved in a different thread recently that I have lost the link to, been thinking about the fact that TDS sufferers are
actually suffering from displacement issues. That thread mentioned that a researcher had noted similarities in those suffering from TDS and children
from broken homes. Follow my reasoning:
A child typically forms a strong bond to both parents. When a family breakup occurs, that bond is stretched to its limits, as they often find
themselves torn between alliance to a mother that hates the father and a father who thinks the mother is crazy. Stretching those bonds can cause them
to become even stronger, as many such children develop extreme sensitivity toward criticism of either parent.
Should a stepfather be introduced into the equation, that stepfather can be seen as a type of evil impersonator of the actual father, inviting
hostility and open, even illogical rebellion.
Now, add in the fact that many broken homes are composed of children and a single mother. While this is not always the case, it is the norm. Many of
these single mothers depend on government assistance due to the extreme workload the mothers have to endure between rising a child alone and also
making an income.
So from the child's point of view, the father is the friendly fellow they get to spend time with. When they are with their father, a typical father in
that situation will go to great lengths to make the child happy; lack of doing so can result in a further limitation of visitation rights. The child
associates father with the guy who gives them things they want and pays attention to them. At the same time, the government gives their mother what
she needs, so the government becomes, in a way, a parallel to father.
Obama was a very charismatic individual who was very big on providing as much government support as possible. To those unfamiliar with politics, it is
no stretch to say he came across as someone who paid attention and gave people things they wanted, the same as an estranged father figure.
Furthermore, many of these children grew up in a society that was overly concerned about their feelings and which went to great extents to shield them
from failure in any sense.
In other words, Obama became a surrogate estranged father to a generation of very needy people.
Now enter Trump. He replaced Obama, and has a totally different demeanor. He believes that people should have jobs instead of benefits. He believes
that people should be allowed to fail so they can become better in the future. He speaks plainly, bluntly much of the time, and rarely stays on
script. In short, he is the stepfather to Obama the father. Like any child experiencing the above described trauma, many people undergoing this
particular brand of projection are openly and angrily rebelling against the bad man who replaced good father Obama.
Stockholm syndrome seems to have a similar basis. People in captivity come to rely on their captors for even the basics of life, and therefore come to
see their captors as providers. Exiting captivity, then becomes a subconscious struggle to accept that the providers are gone and one is again on
their own. Munchausen is a response to early childhood development in an environment devoid of normal attention at times when the child is not
suffering. The complaints about illness and disease are their way to attract attention, because their early experiences show that nothing else works
as well. Some attention and suffering is better than no attention and peace, because humans are inherently social animals.
So your reasoning makes a lot of sense to my train of thought. The same conditions that create Stockholm and Munchausen Syndromes are also at play in