In 1973 some bank robbers strapped dynamite to the chests of hostages and held them for 5 days. When released the hostages all sided with the robbers and considered them victims of society. While this may be the most famous example of Stockholm syndrome, it is not the only example. In fact, this syndrome is around us everywhere, often even at Church.
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Good day to all! This is Bill Jacobs for LifeResource Ministries. The title of this presentation is the The Stockholm Syndrome. It’s part of an ongoing series on mental health issues. And this happens to be the 16th in that series.
I’d like to read from an article on the Web by a psychologist, Joseph Carver. The title is Love and the Stockholm Syndrome – the Mystery of Loving an Abuser. On August 23, 1973, two machine gun-toting criminals entered a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. Blasting their guns, one prison escapee, named Jan Erik Olsson, announced to the terrified bank employees, “The party has just begun!” The two bank robbers held four hostages – three women and one man – for the next 131 hours.