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The Psychology of Terrorism Fears

Samuel Justin Sinclair and Daniel Antonius


The psychology of terrorism, in its most basic form, is about fear. While academics continue to debate the meaning of terrorism, the end result for many people affected is fear and terror. However, many studying the effects of terrorism have focused more exclusively on discrete psychopathological 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 clinical disorder. The purpose ... More

Keywords: terrorism, terrorism fears, pre-traumatic stress, anticipatory fear, terrorism trauma, Terrorism Catastrophizing Scale, psychological resilience, post-traumatic growth, September 11, 2001

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Justin Sinclair, author

Daniel Antonius, author