In psychology, Stockholm Syndrome is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.
I’m not sure if I have the above or not. There is also what is called “Lima Syndrome.” Defined as:
An inverse of Stockholm Syndrome called “Lima Syndrome” has been proposed, in which abductors develop sympathy for their hostages. It was named after an abduction at the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru in 1996, when members of a militant movement took hostage hundreds of people attending a party in the official residence of Japan’s ambassador. Within a few hours, the abductors had set free most of the hostages, including the most valuable ones, due to sympathy.
My trouble is, the characters of Persuasion have either so captured me that I can’t write any characters or stories that don’t have heavy elements of both grounding them, or, I have latched onto the characters and themes of P and are holding them hostage to my imagination.
I’m not sure which is going on, but I think I need help!
Are we captured by characters, or do we appropriate them for our own imaginative ends?
Take care–Susan Kaye