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Identification with the Aggressor

  1. Martin M. Parker

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0431

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Parker, M. M. 2010. Identification with the Aggressor. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Northwestern University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In the early 1970s, four Swedish men were held captive in a bank vault for six days during a robbery attempt. The captives reported an emotional bonding with their captors, essentially identifying with their aggressors; this phenomenon was dubbed the Stockholm syndrome.


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