How the Henge Building coming along?

Alrighty, what shall I talk about this time? AH, I know…


So I guess most of you have heard about the term, “Stockholm Syndrome”. I pretty sure all of you know what it is, but here’s a basic run-over for the others:

Stockholm syndrome is basically a psychological disorder often seen in an abducted hostage, when the captive shows signs of loyalty to the captor, regardless of their own danger or situation.

The syndrome was named after a famous bank robbery where the captors took four bank employees hostage for a period of six days. After the hostages where rescued, the tried to save the captor, and even refused to testify against him in court.

On August 23rd, 1973, a man named Jan ERIK Olsson on leave from prison, walked into Kreditbanken and attempted to hold up the bank.  Olsson then took 4 people as hostages. He demanded his friend Clark Olofsson to be brought there, along with 3 million Swedish Kronor ($730,000 US 1973 value), two guns, bullet-proof vests, helmets and a fast car.

Olofsson was brought in by permission of the government and established a communication link with the police negotiators. One of the hostages, Kristin Enmark, said she felt safe with Olsson and Olofsson but feared the police might escalate the situation by using violent methods. Olsson and Olofsson barricaded the inner main vault in which they kept the hostages. Negotiators agreed that they could have a car to escape, but would not allow them to take hostages with them if they tried to leave.

Olsson called up the Prime Minister Olof Palme and said he would kill the hostages, backing up his threat by grabbing one in a stranglehold; she was heard screaming as he hung up.

The next day Olof Palme received another call. This time it was Kristin Enmark who said she was very displeased with his attitude, asking him to let the robbers and the hostages leave.

The drama went on. On August 26, the police drilled a hole into the main vault from the apartment above. From this hole a widely circulated picture of the hostages with Olofsson was taken.

Olsson fired his weapon and threatened to kill the hostages if any gas attack was attempted. On August 28 the gas was used anyway, and after half an hour Olsson and Olofsson surrendered. No one was physically injured.

^ There, basic summary of what happened. Kristin is a very clear example of a Stockholm Syndrome-ised person. 

Psychologists still haven’t determined the exact reason why people tend to develop this syndrome in such situations. Scientists say that the captives eventually begin to “identify with their captors initially as a defensive mechanism, out of fear of violence.” Which means that small acts of kindness by the captor are shown in a more magnified way, since finding perspective in a hostage situation is by definition impossible. Rescue attempts are also seen as a threat; since it’s likely the captive would be injured during such attempts.”

“It’s important to note that these symptoms occur under tremendous emotional and often physical duress. 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.”

So basically what they are saying is, this syndrome tends to develop in the victims of certain relationships, hold-ups, and many more.


Yes well, if that is the case, then I’ll be switched.


What’s your opinion on this syndrome? Do you think it’s caused by sheer human instinct to survive? Or maybe something else? Some thing more hidden perhaps?

Tell me what you reckon.