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While the psychological condition in hostage situations became known as “Stockholm Syndrome” due to the publicity, the emotional “bonding” with captors was a familiar story in psychology.
It had been recognized many years before and was found in studies of other hostage, prisoner, or abusive situations such as: In the final analysis, emotionally bonding with an abuser is actually a strategy for survival for victims of abuse and intimidation.
The “Stockholm Syndrome” reaction in hostage and/or abuse situations is so well recognized at this time that police hostage negotiators no longer view it as unusual.
In fact, it is often encouraged in crime situations as it improves the chances for survival of the hostages.
It’s important to understand the components of Stockholm Syndrome as they relate to abusive and controlling relationships.
People are often amazed at their own psychological conditions and reactions.
The hostages were strapped with dynamite and held in a bank vault until finally rescued on August 28th.
After their rescue, the hostages exhibited a shocking attitude considering they were threatened, abused, and feared for their lives for over five days.
In their media interviews, it was clear that they supported their captors and actually feared law enforcement personnel who came to their rescue.
The hostages had begun to feel the captors were actually protecting them from the police.