Stockholm Syndrome

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Corrie Gilmore
Nicholas Sedita
English 101
November 25, 2012
Writer’s Checklist for Cause and Effect Essay

1. Have I identified the cause or effect I am analyzing in my thesis? yes

2. Have I explained the cause-and-effect relationship convincingly? yes

3. Have I organized my causes and/or effects logically? yes

4. Have I used sound logic? yes

5. Have I concluded my essay effectively? yes

6. Have I proofread thoroughly? yes

Corrie
Nicholas Sedita
English 101
November 25, 2012
Stockholm syndrome: Cause and Effect
Stockholm syndrome; an issue that lends it name from a 1973 robbery of Kreditbanken in Stockholm, Sweden, in which two robbers held four bank employees hostage from August 23 to 28. These robbers shared a space with their victims and became emotionally attached and even defended them after. Today this syndrome is viewed as a psychological response to a situation where the victim has had their life placed in danger by the dominant person. During this time the captor has an advantage and the victims usually comply with their demand. Elizabeth Smart, is by far one of the greatest examples of this trauma, she was held captive for years by the dominators; however, she was allowed to walk in public and when she first learned that her two captors would be in trouble she sobbed uncontrollably. What makes a person who by all accounts should hate their dominator, turn this way? In this essay an attempt will be made to show how the causes rape, trauma, and victimization can make the victim have positive feelings towards their oppressor; the effect. A look will be made at the different causes, the psychological effects of the causes, and the end product; Stockholm syndrome.

Any crime that involves a hostage and dominator has grounds to be one of the worse and to make matters worse; the perpetrator will usually go for the worst case scenario as a means to get the victim to comply. “If you scream, I will kill your...
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