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A colleague of mine then suggests they affirm their feelings by saying, And thats the way it is now. According to Ochberg in Victims of Terrorism, during a siege, while the victim is still being held hostage, it is important not to disturb the development of the previously mentioned pathological transference. It must be left alone.
Disturbing pathological transference to the captors while the victim is held hostage only reactivates the victims terror and could produce a hopelessness that might result in panic behavior. Because of this transference, rescuers must not expect the victim's cooperation in any escape plans.
Ochberg believes that the persistence of pathological transference in the victim long after his or her release is based on a primal fear that any expression of negative feelings or behavior toward his former captors may bring retaliation. Yet the victim is also aware of the captors predatory use of his suffering to obtain their demands. This accounts for the persistent, impotent, or another way to put this is constipated rage often experienced in victims of violent crime.
In the past, this rage is common among concentration camp victims who felt that they cannot get revenge, or even reparations, from the Nazis for their suffering. When we work with rape survivors, we have encouraged victims to come to terms with this rage by adopting the attitude that Survival, and living without fear, is getting even. Let me repeat that, perhaps for your future reference, we have encouraged victims to come to terms with this rage by adopting the attitude that Survival, and living without fear, is getting even."
5: What could be the result of disturbing pathological transference while
the victim is still held hostage? To select and enter your answer go to Answer Booklet.
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