Stockholm syndrome(redirected from Helsinki syndrome)
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Related to Helsinki syndrome: Helsinki Declaration
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.]
(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]