Leonard Sweet asks a great question in his new book Viral. This is how he sets it up:
Stockholm Syndrome takes effect when a kidnap victim becomes emotionally attached to his kidnapper. The name is taken from a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, when the robbers held bank employees hostage for six days. When the employees finally were freed, they defended their captors. When people have Stockholm Syndrome, the abuse warps them so that being held captive seems preferable to being free. They forget the benefits and the promise of freedom and cling to captivity.
Is it possible to contract “Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome”? For instance, is it possible to forget who we are and fall in love with the things that capture us? What are some of the things we fall in love with? How do we fall out of love with the things that hold us hostage?