Stockholm Syndrome ” Loving The Enemy”

It is sooo scary to think that when you are out on the road someone might grab you from behind or perhaps someone might enter your workplace or even your own home and held you as their hostage. This is just few instances that could possibly happen. Disturbing as it may sound, but this is a natural occurrence especially in places or countries where people are marginalize, politically unstable or experiencing poverty. The perpetrators or captors will find it easier to escape the long arms of the law if they held someone as their hostage. They will have the need to execute their dirty plan or tactics to make the other party such as government, law enforcers, employer, relative to compel in exchange of money, negotiation or to just simply free themselves after they have committed a heinous crime.

Shooting, killing/murder and taking their hostage in an isolated places may arise during this kind of scenario. We have seen it in TV and heard it over the radio or read it in the newspapers. The fate of their victims led to a tragic deaths or ordeal. However, There is a psychological phenomena that captives develop adulation to their captors despite the excruciating pain and suffering that they endured in the hands of this criminals.

The syndrome is called Stockholm Syndrome. It is named after the Norrmalmstrorg robbery of kreditbanken in Norrmalmstrorg Sweden. The robbers held their hostage for 6 days which makes their victims become emotionally attached to the perpetrators. Some incident just don’t make the victims sympathize or depend their captors after they have freed them. sometimes, the strong bond that develops include sexual interest.

Stockholm Syndrome was coined by criminologist and psychiatrist Niels bejerot who assisted the police during the robbery in Norrmalmstrorg Sweden and the term was originally defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations. The term Helsinki Syndrome has been used erroneously to describe Stockholm Syndrome. FBI hostage barricade database system show that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome.

The captive exhibits condition that they are not abuse by their captors when they were subjected to a prolong captivity. Thus hostage will likely develop a Stockholm Syndrome due to the feeling that the perpetrator/captors give them a chance to survive, or the captors are their only available source from what is going on outside. Another reason is when the captors or perpetrator threatened to kill the relatives of the captives which will make them align or follow the will of the perpetrator. The victims become fully dependent to their perpetrators/captors for their basic needs for survival.

As for my standpoint, We can’t blame the victims. They just become dependent over period of time before the resolution of their case. We prolly know that there are circumstances that victims end their own life, like in the case of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped and held for ransom. One of her perpetrators was given a death sentence. She defended her perpetrators, compromising her physical and mental health and later on taking her own life.

I hope that this thing will not happen to anyone. To prevent it from happening, always be alert and prepared. Do not show sign of weakness, which have been the subject of many discussion, why a certain criminals get a lower sentence. Do not be absurd, If this hostage takers can do that to you, they can do it to other people as well.

Generally speaking, Victims must be brave and stand for what is right. Justice needs to be served. Don’t feel guilty, the perpetrators are just using you to get sympathy. It is actually their style so if ever they were caught they will not be punished because they are secured that you will defend them.