Stockholm syndrome

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Stockholm syndrome is the occurrence of empathy and sympathy in hostages toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.

What's the relationship between Stockholm syndrome, credulism, and the certainty of belief?

For example, does availability bias lead, over time, to hostages judging an absence of abuse from their captors - which will be a frequent focus of the hostages' thoughts - for kindness, despite the unkindness of their captivity? Also, does availability bias also lead, over time, to hostages believing the captors' backstory, and their justification of their current actions, given that such information is more readily available, during the captivity, than alternative information and interpretations.


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