The Psychology of Terrorism

The Psychology of Terrorism

The psychology of terrorism.

Horgan, John.



199 pages



Terrorism and political violence


To understand the psychology of those who engage in terrorism, Horgan (applied psychology, University College, Cork) draws on interviews with terrorists and analyzes current evidence and research. Acknowledging a lack of any identifiable psychopathology in terrorists, he centers his discussion on the process of involvement in terrorism. He identifies three phases: becoming involved, remaining involved and leaving terrorism behind. He concludes with a discussion of what researchers and the broader community can do to respond to the terrorist threat, and he calls for investment in objective, independent, empirical data-driven research on terrorist behavior.

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