Stockholm syndrome, or capture–bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness....
Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.”
Have you ever bonded with someone who bullied you?
Maybe as a child did you become a "friend" with a bully and try to diffuse hostile situations with him/her? Were your parents emotionally manipulative, malicious and controlling? Were you ever in an abusive relationship?
What happened? How did you handle these situations, and what/how do you feel about them now?