Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. victims essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness. The FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome.
Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other."
Battered-wife syndrome is an example of activating the capture-bonding psychological mechanism, as are military basic training and fraternity bonding by hazing.
When I left high school in 1991 (which would make me pretty old now unless you think I was some baby genius =) I considered myself a "general liberal" in the American Democratic Party sort of way - not super involved in politics.
After I started discussing politics in internet forums, I switched to democratic socialism. That lasted for a few years until I got tired of the lack of progress and sick of the lack of ideas to bring about immediate change. That's probably what made my mind open to the idea of anarchism, and when I came across some of the different tactics in direct actions, it only served to radicalize me more.