“Are We Suffering Societal ‘Stockholm Syndrome?’"
“The term, “Stockholm Syndrome”, was coined in the early 70's to describe the puzzling reactions of four bank employees to their captor. On August 23, 1973, three women and one man were taken hostage in one of the largest banks in Stockholm. They were held for six days by two ex-convicts who threatened their lives but also showed them kindness. To the world's surprise, all of the hostages strongly resisted the government's efforts to rescue them and were quite eager to defend their captors. Indeed, several months after the hostages were saved by the police, they still had warm feelings for the men who threatened their lives. Two of the women eventually got engaged to the captors.
The Stockholm incident compelled journalists and social scientists to research whether the emotional bonding between captors and captives was a "freak" incident or a common occurrence in oppressive situations. They discovered that it's such a common phenomenon that it deserves a name. Thus the label, Stockholm Syndrome, was born. It has happened to concentration camp prisoners, cult members, civilians in Chinese Communist prisons, pimp-procured prostitutes, incest victims, physically and/or emotionally abused children, battered women, prisoners of war, victims of hijackings, and of course, hostages. Virtually anyone can get Stockholm Syndrome it the following conditions are met:
• Perceived threat to survival and the belief that one's captor is willing to act on that threat.
• The captive's perception of small kindnesses from the captor within a context of terror.
• Isolation from perspectives other than those of the captor.
• Perceived inability to escape.
Stockholm Syndrome is a survival mechanism. The men and women who get it are not lunatics. They are fighting for their lives. They deserve compassion, not ridicule.”
Are we collectively suffering a mass societal form of Stockholm Syndrome? We watch impotently, numbly, as these psychopaths savagely rape what’s left of this country and world, and do nothing. How could we tell, if everyone else is similarly afflicted? Are we so grateful for the crumbs from their table that we consciously choose to ignore all else that’s happening, no matter how insane, outrageous or illegal it is? Something is very, very wrong here... - CP