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Stockholm Syndrome

Posted in nonfiction by Ellen Bard on August 23, 2010

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Aug 23–28, 1973. In a botched bank robbery at Stockholm, Sweden, Jan Erik Olsson took four hostages and barricaded himself with them and a friend, Clark Olofsson, in the vault. After a six-day siege, the police piped in gas and the hostages were freed. Afterward, it emerged that the hostages were more afraid of the police than of their captors, and Swedish professor Nils Bejerot coined the term “Stockholm syndrome” to explain the phenomenon of hostages identifying and sympathizing with their captors. *


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