Stockholm syndrome is what happens when a kidnap victim starts to empathise with their captors.

It seems baffling, but something happens when people are held captive and many feel sorry for their captors, justify their behaviour and express support for their ideas after they’ve been released.

As amazing as that can seem, I’ve come across many people who suffer from a similar mindset in the workplace.

They feel trapped in their jobs.

They don’t think that there is any way of escape.

They wish that they were somewhere else.

And yet when the chance comes to do something else with their careers, they hesitate.

When someone else criticises their employer, they defend them.

When they start to feel like complaining, they justify their situation to themselves.

When they feel unappreciated, underpaid or used, they imagine (despite all evidence to the contrary) that things will magically get better without the need to take action.

They start to think that maybe the big wide world is scarier than the cage they’re in and that perhaps a dream job is just that, a dream.

Don’t let that be you.

If you’re unhappy in your current job, start planning your escape.

If your situation is genuinely untenable, it’s time to get away.

Don’t feel sorry for your captors, wondering how they’ll cope without you, make a decision, take action and run like hell.

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