Dr Raj Persaud in Conversation
with Dr Chris Cantor - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -
Cantor and Price argue in their study entitled, ‘Traumatic
entrapment, appeasement and complex post-traumatic stress disorder:
evolutionary perspectives of hostage reactions, domestic abuse and
the Stockholm syndrome’ that we switch into appeasement as a
survival mechanism when held in captivity. They suggest that this
basic response may be hardwired into our brains and therefore could
possibly be even beyond our control, so victims should not be
condemned for exhibiting this response.
Appeasement comprises pacification, conciliation and submission.
Appeasement serves a de-escalating function in dangerous
situations, subordinates using appeasement suspend efforts to win
conflicts, thereby decreasing the often fatal costs of losing.
After being attacked, monkeys and apes tend to turn to the attacker
for comfort and safety, which is referred to as ‘reverted escape’,
because after fleeing from the attack the attacked animal returns,
or reverts, to the attacker, rather than turning to another member
of the group for succour. Appeasement appears widespread in the
animal kingdom – for example dogs submit by rolling on their backs
Submission is so widespread as a strategy that it probably promotes
survival, so the transmission of genes for appeasement now makes
For an article on this subject go here:
Traumatic Entrapment and the link with Post Traumatic Stress