General Question

filmfann's avatar

Is the a psychological condition where someone purposely puts themselves in danger so they can be rescued?

Asked by filmfann (52221points) March 13th, 2023

As asked

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

16 Answers

janbb's avatar

Sounds something like Munchausen’s Syndrome but not exactly the same.

snowberry's avatar

They’d have to exaggerate their danger in case things fail to turn out as planned. I’m not sure what a psychologist would call it, but I call it crying wolf.

snowberry's avatar


jca2's avatar

Some people like being a victim and will live their lives as a victim to one thing or person after another.

Some people like drama and will create drama around themselves.

chyna's avatar

@jca2 I worked with a lady that did that. It was so exhausting.

kritiper's avatar

I’ve seen what would amount to people who just like living on the edge, not so that they can be rescued. Like a person who climbs the face of a cliff with no safety rope.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

@snowberry hypochondriacs would never want their condition to continue.

filmfann's avatar

I have a niece who dates horrible men. I am convinced that she does this only for that inevitable moment when he beats her, and she calls her Mom to come help her. The guy is usually already arrested.
Every time!

snowberry's avatar


“Psychologists have dubbed the phenomenon The Boy Who Cried Wolf

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Learned helplessness.

gondwanalon's avatar


raum's avatar

Is your niece in therapy? It sounds like she needs help to break these cycles.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

If there isn’t a word I will make one up. I would call it Disney princess syndrome.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@filmfann I wouldn’t jump onto that conclusion so quickly. Abused victims are likely to seek out people who share traits of their former abusers, most often unconsciously. The reasons vary, maybe they are so used to the abuse they think it’s a normal thing, maybe they are recreating and reliving their past as a response to unresolved trauma… But attention is never a reason.

Your hypothesis is the absolute worst case scenario and it puts a lot of blame on the victim, assuming she does suffer from something. I would look carefully into the history of your niece before coming to any conclusion.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Ooo… @RedDeerGuy1 Disney Princess Syndrome!! I like it. It is understandable to people of all ages.
My mind immediately jumped to Pauline Syndrome from the Perils of Pauline. But that reference is unrecognizable to anyone under the age of 60.
Princess Peach Syndrome would work for the under 50 crowd. DPS sounds great!

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther