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The Psychology of Terrorists

Tools for Profiling and Counterterrorism

Edited by Raymond H. Hamden

© 2017 – CRC Press

288 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781439810026
pub: 2017-09-01

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Drawing on his extensive experience, including research, consultations, and first-hand interviews, Richard Hamden presents a unique look at terrorists as individual players with personal motives as well as those of principle. Organizing the psychology of terrorists into four distinct profiles, he establishes the mindset of the individual terrorist, taking into account personal experience, psychological make-up, background, and religious ideology. Without prejudice or bias, he presents an analysis of terrorists and terrorist behavior and demonstrates the validity and reliability of profiling to understand ideological motivations and create tactical objectives to counter terrorist threats.

Table of Contents

The Roots of Terrorism

Global Terrorism -- Its Allied Governments and Global Interests

The Historical, Psychological, and Sociological Explanations of Terrorism

Analyzing the Causes of Terrorism, the Motivations of Terrorists, and Known International Terrorist Networks

Understanding the Socio-Political Conditions That Spawn Terrorist Organizations

The Psychological and Sociological Approach

Establishing a Clinical, Psychoanalytic, and Social Psychology as Frameworks for Analyzing Terrorism and Terrorists

Psychological Processes and Conditions that Create a Terrorist

The 4 Types of Terrorists (Definition, Assessment, Categorizing, and Counteraction)

Developing Unbiased and Analytical Thinking Capabilities of Terrorist's Psychology

Understanding Cultural and Multi-Cultural Issues Relative to social problems and Social Movements Affect Minority Groups

Applying the Psychological to Understand, Prevent and Mitigate the Patterns and Trends of Terrorists (including methods, modes of attack, tactics, and strategies)

Home-Grown Radical Terrorism in the U.S., UK, and Elsewhere

The Psychological Impact of Terrorist Activities

To Explore Counter-Terrorism Strategies through Creative Problem-Solving

Applying this Knowledge to Terrorist Identification, Negotiations, and Profiling

The Future Study of the Psychological Roots of Terrorism

About the Editor

Raymond H. Hamden is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Fellow and Director of the Human Relations Institute, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism