The Psychology of Terrorism Fears

Paperback | June 15, 2012

bySamuel Justin Sinclair, Daniel Antonius

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The psychology of terrorism, in its most basic form, is about fear. Although academics continue to debate the meaning of terrorism, the end result for victims of terrorism is very often fear and terror. Many studying the effects of terrorism have focused more exclusively on discretepsychopathological constructs, most of which are clinically based. Ironically, these paradigms fail to acknowledge the primacy of basic fear in the context of terrorism, as well as how fear affects people in both positive and negative ways - above and beyond whether one meets criteria for a clinicaldisorder. The purposes of this book are to unpack the complexity of terrorism fears and to present a new paradigm for understanding the psychology of terrorism. As such, this book presents empirical and theoretical frameworks for understanding fear as a dynamic process that motivates and affects people on amyriad of levels, from the individual to society at large. The book also highlights the paradox of how fear can negatively impact people and societies, but also be a central force underlying resilience and post-traumatic growth. Finally, The Psychology of Terrorism Fears discusses how society haschanged as a result of terrorism, and specifically, how our own systems for managing terrorism may in fact contribute to fear.

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The psychology of terrorism, in its most basic form, is about fear. Although academics continue to debate the meaning of terrorism, the end result for victims of terrorism is very often fear and terror. Many studying the effects of terrorism have focused more exclusively on discretepsychopathological constructs, most of which are clini...

Samuel Justin Sinclair is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Research at the Psychological Evaluation and Research Laboratory (PEaRL) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the founder and past president of the Society for Terrorism Research, and a co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the peer-refereed...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195388119

ISBN - 13:9780195388114

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Table of Contents

Dr. Randall Marshall: Introduction1. A Psychology of Fear2. The Psychological Aftermath of Terrorism: A Current State of the Science3. Theoretical Paradigms for Understanding the Psychology of Fear4. Terrorism and Fear: New Models for Understanding the Impact of Political Violence5. Communicating Warning: The Art and Science of Threat Dissemination6. Coping with Terrorism: The Psychology of Resilience7. Implications and Conclusion