The “Short Step” from Love to Hypnosis: A Reconsideration of the Stockholm Syndrome

  title={The “Short Step” from Love to Hypnosis: A Reconsideration of the Stockholm Syndrome},
  author={Celia Jameson},
  journal={Journal for Cultural Research},
  pages={337 - 355}
  • C. Jameson
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • Psychology
  • Journal for Cultural Research
This article discusses key work on the development of the Stockholm syndrome as a psychological explanation for the development of a bond between hostage‐taker and hostage in hijack and siege situations. Within this work, the Stockholm syndrome is explained in part as an unconscious identification, but is also regarded as a conscious coping strategy which can be understood as a form of adaptive behaviour, providing hope for the victim in an otherwise hopeless situation. The author links these… 

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