The Ties That Bind

The Ties that Bind Captive to Captor:

 

The Stockholm Syndrome - a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.

 

The captive is in a situation where the captor has stripped all forms of independence and gained control of the victim’s life, as well as basic needs for survival.

 

 The hostage regresses to a state of infancy; the captive must cry for food, remain silent, and exist in an extreme state of dependence. In contrast, the perpetrator serves as a 'mother' figure protecting the 'child' from a threatening outside world.

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