A hostage situation

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The longer you stay hostage to your fears, the more you identify with them.

According to Wikipedia

In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, essentially mistaking a lack of abuse from their captors as an act of kindness.

The longer you cower in the corner, the more comfortable the box.

Cowering in the corner

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