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Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger (or at least risk) in which they have been placed. The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28 in 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their victimizers, and even defended their captors after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. The term Stockholm Syndrome was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.
Originally posted by sc2099
reply to post by Harman
Great thread, Harman. You are so right, we are all beholden to this system into which we were born. None of us ever asked to be a part of it, we just do it so we wouldn't be homeless and starving, or "failures".
Some of us are lucky enough to enjoy our careers, but even if we do, most of us don't have a choice of whether or not we want to keep going to work in some shape or form.
Personally, I get so wrapped up in my job that I have to tell myself on a very regular basis that it's BS. I am not my company. What is good for my company is not always good for me. If I sell one more unit, I get a tiny percentage while they reap substantial profits. I'm not complaining; I enjoy my work. I'm all for capitalism. But the point is, sometimes I forget that the enthusiasm I show at work really is for work and isn't part of me. Sometimes I forget that it really doesn't matter if I sell a few more units.
It's extremely hard not to get sucked in and forget just who I'm supposed to be serving by showing up for work.
Originally posted by cognoscente
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Originally posted by Karlhungis
reply to post by Harman
Another great thread Harman. Starred and Flagged.
I agree with you 100%. I think some people are starting to question their captors now. I certainly am. It is really difficult to have played the game and done everything right, sacrificing any pursuit in things that would actually be fulfilling, only to have the chair kicked out from under you.
It makes you wonder what the hell is the point. I just lost roughly 40% of my savings in the last month. That is almost half of my time working this job for nothing. It was fine when the system worked. But now it makes me take a harder look at it and I don't like what I see.
It isn't just the economy though. It is the entire system. The economy, the health care, the school system.... etc. It would be oh so easy to flip the system the bird and just walk away..... if you were single without children. It is a much harder choice when facing the reality of pulling your children from the system.
To choose to take away your access to good health care is a very difficult choice. To think of the consequences of trying to home school your children is a difficult choice. Ripping them from the system could very well ostracize them from society. It could jeopardize their entire future.
Not an easy decision.