Victim/Perpetrator. It was originally used to describe the psychological phenomenon in which hostages express sympathy towards their captors. It has been generalized to include when victims of abuse develop emotional ties and sympathy to their abuser. An example is spousal abuse were the victim returns to and defends the abuser. It is serious and if anyone suspects it, please get help!
Psychological cond. Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.
Stockholm Syndrome. is a condition wherein a person develops excessive loyalty for someone who has held him/her captive. It is named for that city in Sweden where a woman was held captive by someone then refused to testify at the trial because of misguided loyalty. Peace and good health. The power over life and death appears to be the mechanism of action causing this.