Our expert says:
There are major medical / physiological reasons why some people faint - only the other day the head of the American Army fainted while testifying to Congress - but emotionally based fainting is also common. At one time it was almost fashionable to faint or "swoon", and most common in young women.
As a response to stress it certainly can happen - especially if it leads to her being able to avoid whatever was stressing her, and even better, leads to loads of sympathy and special treatment.
And it sounds exactly like this in the situation you describe, and the kid has ingeniously or accidentally discovered exactly how to control her parents, and to avoid the controls she needs.
The parents could perhaps make sure she is sitting down when she is scolded, but should make it entirely clear that her fainting is a nuisance which can't be allowed to dominate the house or to avoid her being expected to keep to the home rules.
Usually in this sort of emotional "fainting", the faint is dramatic and impressive, but the person doesn't hurt themselves.
If she proves reluctant to give up this new skill, she should see a child psychologist to plan a way to wean her off this bad habit
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