‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Spoilers: Does Hope Have Stockholm Syndrome? Character Analysis Yields Shocking Results!

'Bold and the Beautiful' Spoilers: Does Hope Have Stockholm Syndrome? Character Analysis Yields Shocking Results!

‘Bold and Beautiful’ (B&B) Spoilers finds that lately, Hope Logan (Annika Noelle) has been making some pretty questionable choices when it comes to her love life but this latest move really takes the cake. So, to make a long story short, Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson) married Hope under false pretenses, using his own son, little Douglas Forrester (Henry Joseph Samiri) to facilitate the relationship, guilting Hope into becoming a Mom to Douglas, and finally making her his wife.

‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Spoilers: Does Hope Have Stockholm Syndrome? Character Analysis Yields Shocking Results!

All the while knowing that her own daughter, Baby Beth Spencer (River Davidson and Madeline Valdez) was alive and had been illegally adopted by his own sister, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and was right under their noses the entire time. Everybody up to speed? Good, because we’re about to explore the doozy in judgment that Hope is making.

Hope had gone to the cliff house to gather Beth’s belongings and Thomas, who had gotten her whereabouts out of little Douglas, had followed her. He was trying to explain his line of logic, trying to “apologize” for the error of his ways, when Brooke Logan came in and saw him grab both of Hope’s arms (a classic abuser move, actually) and he was trying to ‘get through to’ Hope when she came over and got in between them, one thing lead to another and before we know it, Thomas has gone tumbling down the cliff.

Later, when questioned about what happened, Hope maintained that Thomas was not trying to hurt her, but rather ‘get through to her’ and he just wanted her to ‘hear him out’. But Hope made it pretty clear that she wasn’t in the mood for listening and instead of taking the hint and leaving Hope to gather Beth’s things in peace, Thomas pursued her If this relationship had actually been healthy and if Thomas had actually been interested in Hope as a partner he would have seen this and backed off, tried to explain things when things were not so heated or better yet, called her on the phone, and he probably would not be in the hospital at all. But this is Thomas Forrester we’re talking about.

The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Hope and Thomas

What Hope fails to conceptualize is that abusers often do want their victims to hear them out, to give them a fair chance, to hear ‘their’ side of the story. The thing is, what if she had listened to him, and still told him that she didn’t want to be with him like that? Would he have understood and finally bowed out, or would that have been the final insult? Hope has made it pretty clear that she wants to be with Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), who is the father of her child. But what if she had told Thomas that a final time? What would have actually happened?

Thomas has gone through lengths to keep Hope with him. He even ran poor Emma Barber (Nia Sioux) off the road to her death! What length would he have gone to if he knew that there was nothing else he could have done, that Hope’s heart and mind were made up and that it was all for nought? Would he have let her walked away and bowed out and went on about his life? His behavior leading up to the whole cliff incident indicate that no, he wouldn’t have. It would have continued to escalate until Hope either acquiesced out of fear or he did something drastic that could have very well resulted in bodily harm to Hope. So why is Hope suddenly changing her tune on Thomas?

B&B Spoilers: Stockholm Syndrome

And she is exhibiting some pretty classic symptoms.

• Exhibiting positive feelings toward the aggressor – We can clearly see that she’s, just over the course of a couple episodes, already started to view Thomas’s actions with rose-colored glasses, saying that he wasn’t trying to hurt her and that he just wanted her to hear him out and that he was apologizing. Yes, but she neglects to remember the fact that she was terrified and fleeing from him, how she can forget that I have no idea but it is what it is at this point.

A refusal by hostage to cooperate with police and other authority figures – Okay, she didn’t go quite this far but she seemed pretty hesitant to paint Thomas in anything but a positive, if misunderstood light when Detective Alex Sanchez (Jeremy Ray Valdez) was questioning her about the fall, her wishy-washyness even threatened to throw her own Mother under the bus over this guy!

• A hostage’s belief in the humanity of their captor because they cease to perceive their captor as a threat when the victim holds the same values as the aggressor – Hmmm, let’s unpack this, shall we? Obviously, Hope no longer perceives Thomas as a threat and that is a pretty stupid move on her part, but that last part… about holding the same values as her aggressor? What could that possibly mean?

Could that mean that on some level, that Hope identifies with the desperate lengths that Thomas has gone to? Could that mean that she feels that on some level she’s capable of the same things that he is? One would hope not, but let’s try and find some common ground between the two in their pasts.

Bold and Beautiful Spoilers: Both had absent Mother figures

Thomas’s Mother, Taylor was presumed dead when he wasn’t much older than Douglas and even though Hope’s Mother, Brooke, was very much alive she was obviously having some issues because at one point she was declared unfit to be a Mom by social services. So on some level she could identify with Thomas’s maternal abandonment complex. Brooke may not have ‘died’, but for awhile there she wasn’t continually present. (She seems to be trying to make up for it now, though!)

Both are unlucky in love

It would seem that both Thomas and Hope have not been the luckiest when it comes to love. Both have struck out numerous times, Hope with her first love Oliver and Thomas with his first girl Dayzee, and then Hope herself. It could be argued that both should have gotten over that by now because they both found the loves of their life, Thomas with Caroline and Hope with Liam, but… what about that doesn’t work for Hope? He seems to be the more stable figure of the two and he supported her even when she was pushing him away.

Maybe Hope has Daddy issues?

It could be argued that Hope had a lot of different Father figures growing up, and her own Dad signed over his parental rights when she was very young and he doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the picture now. It could be argued that maybe this somehow hurt Hope deeply and that she even though she yearns for the stability of a home and family that she didn’t have growing up, maybe Thomas’s way of ‘loving’ her is more familiar and feels like it ‘makes more sense’.

The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Naivete, it does exist

Then again, maybe Hope is just too blinded by her own idealism to see that Thomas’s way of doing things is actually harmful. Hope seems to be very naive when it comes to love and relationships (in spite of having been in several before), but she seems to always see the good in people – to a fault. When she went back and thought about the way Thomas tried to beg for forgiveness all she saw was an idealized version of what he was actually trying to do, and that… is a classic Stockholm Syndrome symptom.

In short: Hope needs help

What Hope needs is some therapy. She’s still reeling from losing Beth and then gaining her back and losing both her marriage to Liam and now to Thomas. She has not fully unpacked her feelings if she’s going from feeling terrified of Thomas one minute to romanticizing how he was trying to apologize to her the next.

We all saw it when Thomas was coming unhinged and was quoting the ’till death do us part’ vow from their wedding, something drastic would have happened if Brooke had not stepped in when she did, Hope is trying to ignore her fear by telling herself it wasn’t that bad and disassociating herself from the trauma. That can be potentially dangerous emotional territory. Will Hope ever deal with these feelings? Guess we’ll have to stay tuned!!!