Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stockholm syndrome

Recently, this word has been haunting me.. So.. Let's see what's it about!

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger (or at least risk) in which the hostage has been placed.

Stockholm syndrome

A song by Muse from the album Absolution is of the same name
It has always got me wondering.. Is the song about memories holding you captive?
Even when those memories have the capacity of hurting you, you still don't let go and set yourself free.. You still don't forget.. Even when you want you.. But you just can't..
The verse however let's you decide what perspective you choose to have.. The abusers or the victims.. But the chorus expresses the syndrome well..

I heard it on the television series, White Collar too..
Neal Caffrey: No. There are things about this life I'm not ready to give up.
Mozzie: Do you even know what this life is anymore? I mean, you're... on a leash. You're still in prison. You have Stockholm syndrome.
Let's analyze Mozzie's view.. Giving up THE final score for what? Stockholm syndrome it is!
I feel Caffrey's pain throughout the series though.. Because the hardest part isn’t choosing, it’s learning to live with the choices you make T_T

I also know someone whose WhatsApp status is Stockholm syndrome.. Professional secrecy shall prevent me from commenting any further.. :D
[And damn, he is good at using these laws against you!]

In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them.
This sounds like some milder form of sadism..
You know you've got the Stockholm syndrome when you hear yourself saying, “I know what he’s done to me, but I still love him” ;)

Did you know?
The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage and the victims became emotionally attached to their victimisers, and even defended their captors after they were freed from their six-day ordeal.. This is the art of brainwashing! :O

This blog post doesn’t reflect the thoughts or opinions of either myself, my family, my friends, or my dragon :P
Blogging about psychology does get you all serious.. Lighten up and stay awesome! :)



  1. Cool drawing! This is named after a bank robbery in Stockholm,Sweden. Converse is Lima syndrome,named after a robbery in Lima, Japan. Here captors develop sympathy for hostages! Keep up the good work!

    1. Oh I didn't know about Lima syndrome. Thanks for sharing it with us Jewel! :)


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