Stockholm syndrome

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Stockholm syndrome

n.
A psychological syndrome in which a person being held captive begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor, simultaneously becoming unsympathetic towards the police or other authorities.

[After Stockholmwhere a hostage in a 1973 bank robbery became romantically attached to one of her captors.]

Stockholm syndrome

n
(Psychology) a psychological condition in which hostages or kidnap victims become sympathetic towards their captors
[C20: after a group of hostages in Stockholm in 1973]
Translations
Stockholm-Syndrom
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Most feared of all Scandinavian disorders is Helsinki Syndrome, in which positively charged particles of information afflict the victim's central ideological system, causing him to question America's absolute moral superiority in the cold war.
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