Is The Denial By Jamaicans Of The Seriousness Of Their Crime Problem Stockholm Syndrome?

With well over a thou­sand peo­ple killed since the start of the year, Jamaica is well on track to record a ban­ner year in homi­cides.
According to some reports as much as 1014 peo­ple have been killed in the Island of 2.7 mil­lion as of yes­ter­day.
This num­ber does not rep­re­sent those who most cer­tain­ly have been mur­dered and are not yet dis­cov­ered or who may have been shot or stabbed but have not yet suc­cumbed to their injuries.
At this pace, even with the unknown, the tiny Island of 4411 square miles is well on track to record around 1521 homi­cides sec­ond only to 2005 when there were over 1600 homi­cides.

The Island’s peo­ple are expe­ri­enc­ing a seri­ous cri­sis with accept­ing real­i­ty.
Rather than coa­lesc­ing to erad­i­cate the exis­ten­tial threat posed by this prob­lem they point fin­gers at those whose jobs it is to face down the heav­i­ly armed ter­ror­ists.
Government Agencies tasked with car­ry­ing out the most basic func­tions are inher­ent­ly cor­rupt from the high­est office to the low­est.

As we speak there is a cri­sis at the Firearms Licencing Authority, The nations Customs, Police, Military, and every depart­ment is cor­rupt.
So too are the Ministries of Government cor­rupt, and let’s not for­get the Government agen­cies which are sole­ly ded­i­cat­ed to mil­i­tate against the police depart­ment.

In all the chaos, how­ev­er, noth­ing is more dis­heart­en­ing than the pro­cliv­i­ty of so many Jamaicans to process infor­ma­tion through the nar­row lens of their polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tions.
On that basis, the prob­lem of get­ting through to them is like beat­ing one’s head against a brick wall.

Even as they cow­er in fear behind lay­ers of steel for­ti­fi­ca­tions in their own homes they argue that there is crime every­where.
With the bod­ies pil­ing up they would rather that peo­ple like me remain silent.
“Don’t talk about it, it will all go away, talk­ing about it is unpatriotic”.[sic]
What utter non­sense?

How numb must peo­ple be that they would rather pre­tend that the mass killings of their neigh­bors and fam­i­ly mem­bers are not as seri­ous as they real­ly are?
Are they numb or are they just plain dumb?

Why do they believe that peo­ple like me who con­stant­ly high­light the prob­lem day by day are the ene­my even as they make excus­es and ratio­nal­ize away the bla­tant incom­pe­tence and dis­re­spect met­ed out to them by their polit­i­cal idols?

Dr Joseph M Carver, PhD Tells this sto­ry.

On August 23rd, 1973 two machine-gun car­ry­ing crim­i­nals entered a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. Blasting their guns, one prison escapee named Jan-Erik Olsson announced to the ter­ri­fied bank employ­ees “The par­ty has just begun!” The two bank rob­bers held four hostages, three women, and one man, for the next 131 hours. The hostages were strapped with dyna­mite and held in a bank vault until final­ly res­cued on August 28th.

After their res­cue, the hostages exhib­it­ed a shock­ing atti­tude con­sid­er­ing they were threat­ened, abused, and feared for their lives for over five days. In their media inter­views, it was clear that they sup­port­ed their cap­tors and actu­al­ly feared law enforce­ment per­son­nel who came to their res­cue. The hostages had begun to feel the cap­tors were actu­al­ly pro­tect­ing them from the police. One woman lat­er became engaged to one of the crim­i­nals and anoth­er devel­oped a legal defense fund to aid in their crim­i­nal defense fees. Clearly, the hostages had “bond­ed” emo­tion­al­ly with their cap­tors.

Dr. Carver con­clud­ed that the con­di­tion we now know as Stockholm syn­drome, in the final analy­sis, is an emo­tion­al­ly bond­ing with an abuser is actu­al­ly a strat­e­gy for sur­vival for vic­tims of abuse and intim­i­da­tion.
If ever there was a case to be made for a diag­no­sis of the Jamaica psy­che it is now.


In 2011 well known Professor Fredrick Hickling and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, Vanessa Paisley con­clud­ed that per­son­al­i­ty dis­or­der is preva­lent in Jamaica.
In simp,e col­lo­qui­al lan­guage Dr. Hickling con­clud­ed that the Jamaican soci­ety is essen­tial­ly mad.
At the time he made his con­clu­sion there was much con­dem­na­tion of Dr. Hickling from the usu­al quar­ters which essen­tial­ly are the author­i­ty on every­thing.

Today Drs. Hickling and Paisley’s assess­ment has been proven to be dead on cor­rect.
Jamaicans con­tin­ue to mas­sacre their con­tem­po­raries at a shock­ing pace with no real expla­na­tion for it out­side of the fact that they can.
The Government goes out of its way to be def­er­en­tial to those who give aid and com­fort to the killers while it shows pal­pa­ble dis­re­spect and dis­dain for those who try to uphold the rule of law.

In the final analy­sis both polit­i­cal par­ties are com­plic­it in the decline of our coun­try large­ly as a func­tion of ram­pant cor­rup­tion by the most senior mem­bers of both par­ties.
The aver­age Jamaican not engaged in crim­i­nal con­duct long accept­ed the blood­shed as their lot in life, the oth­ers have designed ways to ben­e­fit from the oceans of spilled blood.
Yup this is mad­ness!