Should those with Stockholm syndrome be convicted for aiding their captors?Posted by: PetersSmith
Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.
Yes, it's aiding and abetting. The person somewhat willingly helped the criminal achieve their goals and refused to support the authorities, sometimes even going against them. Also, imprisoning those with Stockholm syndrome will serve as an example for others and thus make sure that further cases do not arise.
No, the issue is that Stockholm syndrome is in fact a psychological issue, and thus a treatment can be applied. Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, and thus it isn't necessarily the victim's fault, being an irrational state of mind. At most the person should be admitted to a psychiatric hospital instead of being convicted.
Like it, it's unbiased. But yes, maybe insanity might work, but if not, yes.
no because thats a freaking insane idea.
This is a difficult one to vote on, but ultimately apathy, or treatment is requires first and foremost. The conditions of responsibility you are completely different to your everyday setting, thus our common notions of what they ought to have done aren't applicable. Further the victim would be stuck with the same dilemma themselves. It is unreasonable for us to assume they have the best answer.
Depends on the circumstances, but generally speaking I think no