Psychology of Terrorism

Hardcover (Print)


Responding directly to the events of September 11, 2001, an outstanding interdisciplinary group of academics, clinicians, and activists from around the world united to produce this clear exploration of terrorism. Contributors, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. John E. Mack, present an enormous range of terror-related factors in this important multivolume set. Following a foreword by Professor Klaus Schwab, president and founder of the World Economic Forum, chapters address terror and violence perpetrated by children, compare terrorists to cultists, and separate the fact, fiction, and hysteria surrounding bioterrorism.

Other topics include:

•Historical contexts

•Group dynamics

•Social and behavioral issues

•Psychological and psychopathological issues

•Evolutionary issues


Also presented are global perspectives on issues such as:

•Understanding and empathy

•Bias, prejudice, and racism



Additional subjects include state terrorism, countering international terrorism using perspectives from international psychology, and the role of resilience in terror's aftermath. Forged with a combination of talents and viewpoints rarely seen in the worlds of academia and activism, these volumes advance knowledge and understanding as a framework for considering responses to terrorism.

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Meet the Author

CHRIS E. STOUT has served as an advisor to the White House and a representative to the United Nations, and is now Illinois' first Chief of Psychological Services. A clinical psychologist, he holds a joint governmental and academic appointment in the Northwestern University Medical School.

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Table of Contents


From Volume One: A Public Understanding

Controlling Political Terrorism: Practicality, not Psychology by William H. Reid

The Psychology of the Terrorist: Behavioral Perspectives by Ruben Ardila

The Soul of a Terrorist by Sharif Abdullah

Bioterrorism: Separating Fact, Fiction and Hysteria by William H. Reid

Looking Beyond Terrorism by John E. Mack

From Volume Two: Clinical Aspects and Responses

The Terror of Torture by J.E. (Hans) Hovens and Boris Drozdek

State Terrorism: When the Perpetrator is a Government by Marc Pilisuk and Angela Wong

The Retributional Terrorist: Type 4 by Raymond H. Hamden

The Palestinian Suicide Bomber by Rona Fields, Salman Elbedour, and Fadel Abu Hein

From Volume Three: Theoretical Understandings and Perspectives

Psychological Issues in Understanding Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism by Clark McCauley

The Unanticipated Consequences of Globalization: Contextualizing Terrorism by Michael J. Stevens

Tackling Terrorism: Making Multilateral Measures More Rapid and Effective by Henry Breed

Rebirth and Death: The Violent Potential of Apocalyptic Dreams by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

From Volume Four: Programs and Practices in Response and Prevention

A Community Psychology Perspective on Terrorism: Lessons from South Africa by Craig Higson-Smith

Terror and Violence Perpetrated by Children by Trevor Stokes

Preventing Terrorism: Raising Inclusively Caring Children in the Complex World of the Twenty-First Century by Ervin Staub

Terrorist Disaster and War: How Can We Help Our Children? by John E. LeCapitaine

Afterword by HarveyLangholtz

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