Stockholm Syndrome – Abba, Patty Hearst and Anna Freud

Just in case you’re wondering, I have a real weak spot for curiosities and curious people – you know, people who behave irrationally, rule breakers and general riff raff. I’m quite fond of these people. Well… When I say “fond”, I don’t mean the – take me to your leader type of fondness but, rather, I just want to understand what makes people behave the way they do. And that’s why Stockholm Syndrome is this episode’s focus. I use the term Stockholm Syndrome here and there, and while I know what it means, I didn’t actually know where it originated. For some reason I thought it had something to do with kajillionnaire heir Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army (more about that later). And while the term originates from around the same era, it was actually an altogether different kidnapping event that led to the term being coined. So what exactly is Stockholm Syndrome? We’ll travel through the 1930s and the 1970s to find out.


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Produced by Jo Vraca. You can find my books on Amazon

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