Asok says, "I thought my Elbonian kidnappers would hold me forever because you refused to pay the ransom." Asok says, "Then the Stockholm effect kicked in. I started identifying with my captors and beating myself." The Boss says, "And they let you go?" Asok says, "Apparently it looked contagious."
boss: i hired a sadist to design our user interfaces. i realize this isn't ideal, but no one else wanted the job.
dilbert: why would our customers buy a product designed by a sadist?
boss: it's called stockholm syndrome.