Stockholm syndrome

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Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational because of the danger or risk endured by the victims. 

One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual's response to trauma in becoming a victim.


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. If you were ever in a hostage situation, do you think that you could feel sympathy for your captors? Why or why not?

  2. Why do you think that some people suffer from Stockholm syndrome in these situations?

  3. Do you know other strange psycological syndromes?

  4. How do you think you would react if you were ever taken as a hostage?

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