publication . Doctoral thesis . 2017

Western radicalization: rethinking the psychology of terrorism

Pierson, Vern;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 2017
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited The U.S. strategy to counter violent extremism relies heavily on the expert consensus that terrorists are engaging in political group speak and are by nature psychologically normal. Thus, anyone is susceptible to radicalization. To counter radicalization, finding answers is like finding a needle in a haystack. However, in the psychologically similar phenomenon of arson by firefighter—when a firefighter deliberately sets and then extinguishes a fire to appear heroic—the needle was found in an objective detailed analysis of offenders. This thesis takes the known root causes of arson by firefighter and applies ...
free text keywords: terrorism, Omar Mateen, John Orr, radical, radicalism, ISIS, narcissism, the Dark Triad, quest for significance, personality, political violence, Islamic State, ISIL, arson-by-firefighter, firefighter arson, hero complex, Jung, psychology, psychopathology, Machiavellianism
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