London syndrome

London syndrome

A phenomenon which is the opposite of the Stockholm syndrome, a psychological phenomenon wherein hostages form bonds of empathy and sympathy with their captors to an extreme degree and may even defend their captors’ actions. In the London syndrome, one or more hostages respond to their captors with belligerence, non-co-operation and arguments.

The name comes from the 1980 Arab separatist take-over of the Iranian embassy in London with 26 hostages inside. The British SAS stormed the embassy on Day 6 and freed all.
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Fascinating also, therefore, that he cannot recognise that he himself may be suffering from a London syndrome because he wants to remain part of the UK.
"But after a while I started getting restless, it was the Irishman in America and missing London syndrome. The main thing I didn't like was the prospect of my children growing up with American accents.
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it was concerned that Mr Prescott was lapsing into "the London Syndrome" - imposing solutions for the capital on the rest of the country.
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