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Blood That Cries Out From the EarthThe Psychology of Religious Terrorism$
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James Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335972.001.0001

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THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL

THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Toward a Clinical Psychology of Religious Terrorism

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(p.115) CHAPTER 5 THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL
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Blood That Cries Out From the Earth
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Jones James W

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335972.003.0006

“The Role of the Individual: Toward a Clinical Psychology of Religious Terrorism.” Having laid out some of the primary psychological-religious themes expressed by religiously motivated terrorists and illustrated them in three different religious traditions, in this chapter the author offers a clinical, primarily psychodynamic, examination of them. Given a multidisciplinary framework, the role of group processes in the radicalization of terrorists is acknowledged. But not every member of a cohort or group becomes radicalized, and not every fanatical religious partisan commits terrorist acts. Individual factors can also play a role. Drawing on contemporary relational psychoanalytic theory and building on the work of Fairbairn, Klein, and Kohut, this chapter discusses some of the psychology involved in themes found in the writings and interviews of religious terrorists.

Keywords:   relational psychoanalysis, psychology of religion, religious violence, patriarchal religion, humiliation, Melanie Klein, W. R. D, Fairbairn, Heinz Kohut

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