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The mysterous Stockholm Sindrome

 
 
Reply Thu 23 Aug, 2012 06:45 pm
On this day, 1973, in Stockholm Sweden, four people were taken hostage by bank robbers, and after six days of captivity in the bank the hostages actually empathized with the robbers cause, resisted rescue attempts, and afterward refused to testify against their captors.

This wasn't a one time thing, others also empathized with their captors -- Patty Hearst, Elizabeth Smart were the most notable.

Quote: "The behavior is considered a common survival strategy for victims of interpersonal abuse, and has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners of war, and concentration camp survivors."

http://ask.yahoo.com/20030324.html

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