But some former teachers describe the defense of Friend as a version of Stockholm syndrome.
Greig was either in love with Whitey, or living in fear, or under the throes of some manner of Stockholm syndrome.
To some observers it sounded like a classic case of Stockholm syndrome.
1978, a psychologists' term; the name derives from the Aug. 23, 1973, violent armed robbery of Sveriges Kreditbank in Stockholm, Sweden, after which four bank employees were held hostage in a vault for more than five days. The hostages developed a dramatic attachment to their abuser, and a fear of would-be rescuers, that they could not explain. The city arose mid-13c. from a fishing village; the second element in the name is holm "island;" the first is either stäk "bay" or stock "stake, pole."
Stockholm syndrome Stock·holm syndrome (stŏk'hōlm', -hōm')
A phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to his or her captor.