Principal’s Announcement: Stockholm Syndrome Talk with Allan Wade Ph.D. – Feb 20, 2015


Friday, February 20, 2015

7:00 – 9:30pm

CityU – 3rd floor – 789 West Pender St., Vancouver

Admission: $49 ($25 for current students, alumni and faculty)


In 1973, a Stockholm bank robbery and hostage taking gave birth to a widely accepted ‘syndrome’, known as the “Stockholm Syndrome”. The apparent alignment of the hostages with their captors at several points during the crisis, and especially their critique after of police and government handling of the situation, seemed to suggest the hostages had “identified with” their captors. Various psychological concepts, such as “internalizing the aggressor” were used to explain the behaviour of the hostages. “Stockholm Syndrome” has since been used to characterize victims of diverse forms of violence and oppression, from domestic and family violence to whole cultural groups subjected to colonial domination. “Stockholm Syndrome” became received truth.

Except . . . in Allan’s groundbreaking research into this phenomenon he asks two elegantly simple questions: Did anyone speak with the victims, and especially, with Kristin Enmark, considered the clearest exemplar of this new syndrome? And, how did the hostages actually respond to the hostage takers and to the actions of authorities? In this exciting evening talk at CityU in Vancouver, Allan shares information from his conversations with Kristin Enmark and others with direct knowledge of the events, and shows how psychological concepts such as the “Stockholm Syndrome” can obscure the play of events as they actually unfold in a highly charged socio-political context.

Join us for this exciting event on the evening of February 20, 2015. More details are available in this downloadable flyer. Please note that seating is limited and registration is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

Contact Andjelka to register: or download the registration form here, complete and return to the noted email address.