Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stockholm Syndrome

The dog validates that the owner is worthy of unconditional love.

Have you ever heard of “Stockholm Syndrome?” That’s what I attribute the “unconditional love” to. Why in the heck else would a dog whom you’ve kept in a small cage all day greet you with happiness? They’ve lost their sense of self. A bit more somber greeting like biting through your Achilles tendon seems a more appropriate response to me.

Many people feel that their dogs need them. But the opposite is sometimes true; many dog owners need their dogs. They need them to feel superior to something, to feel needed, and they need them so they can be “in charge” of something!  Many dog owners have control issues…

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