Stockholm syndrome in Great Lakes


After the first three terms putting my nerves stretched to their epitome, the first few weeks of the fourth terms seem to be a quite relaxed. I now have the luxury of sleeping for up to 7 Long hours, something which was merely a dream in the previous terms. Wow!  My eyes no longer look drooping and I look fresh the entire day.

Hey! But what is happening to me- I am not liking it. This reminds me of a famous poem in Urdu about a bird that is caged. Initially the bird is worried and doesn’t like the small cage. It is dying to be freed and hates the person who caught him. But as time passes, the bird slowly starts liking the surroundings and starts loving the captor. Now when the bird is freed, it says that it has developed so much affinity towards the surrounding and the captor that it would die if freed.

Stockholm syndrome, as Nils Bejerot calls it, refers to an incident in Stockholm in 1973 when some robbers kept the bank employees hostage for about 6 days. During the period, the victims developed so much affinity towards the captors that they defended the latter when released from the hostage. The emotional attachment that human beings develop sometimes does not depend on whether the person does good or bad to you.

Same is the story of the Great Lakers here in Chennai. Tough Love as they call it, the mind boggling work load has made us so used to it, that we miss it. And nothing can be better then a situation when you start to miss the challenges. The fact that tough love makes you really a tough person and a business ready manager prepared for any challenge has indeed been proven.

And I can feel the Stockholm syndrome ticking within me from today.
-Tabish Maqsood

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One Response to Stockholm syndrome in Great Lakes

  1. Bharat says:

    In the film Shawshank Redemption, they called it getting “institutionalized” 🙂

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