CONSIDER THE MOTIVATIONS FOR ENGAGING IN TERRORIST ACTIVITIES OFFERED IN OUR COURSE MATERIALS.2. Horgan, J. G. (2017). Psychology of terrorism: Introduction to the special issue. American Psychologist, 72(3), 199-204.
1. Moral Psychology of Terrorism (2013) Introduction
2. Horgan, J. G. (2017). Psychology of terrorism: Introduction to the special issue. American Psychologist, 72(3), 199-204. doi:10.1037/amp0000148
For this week’s Forum, respond to the following: This week we consider the motivations for engaging in terrorist activities offered in our course materials. Many considerations related to the motivations leading to acts of terrorism have been suggested. French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre advanced the position of mankind’s fundamental choice, in essence one has the presence of mind when deciding to actively participate in terrorist acts.
Sigmund Freud’s structure of mind theory may also provide some insight into the role of one’s ego and its balance, or lack thereof, as a guide in motivating terroristic behavior. From the view of an externalist, factors like dreams, seen as messages from divine beings or other religious motivators and political factors may prove to be powerful motivating factors in advancing terrorist activity.
· After review of the course materials, identify the motivational process you see as most accurately moving one to carry out terrorist activity.
· Share your thoughts on whether the motivational process leading to terrorist acts is an individual psychological process or if it is a function of group interactions.
· Tell us why you have selected the position you have as you interact with others during the week.
Reply to the following response with 200 words minimum. (please make response as if having a conversation, respond directly to some of the statements in below post. This is not providing an analysis of the original post. Respectfully address it and even ask clarifying or additional questions.)
To sit and pinpoint one reason why someone is moved to carry out terrorist activities is difficult. There are diverse sets of motives that can be looked at separately but it is they in combination that leads someone to the act. Leistedt says that the individual is the central part of an act of terrorism and factors and personality may play a role, but there has not been one singular type discovered yet. That is because there is a motivational cocktail that leads to this type of act. The end goal of a terrorist, or terrorist organization could play a role in the fundamentals of someone carrying out an act of terrorism as well. If the reasoning is honor, or humiliation, religion, political power, or vengeance, the motivational process may be one or a combination of things based on emotion.
After a review of the course materials so far, I see the motivational process leading to terrorist acts more as a function of a group than an individual psychological process.
The desire for meaning and personal significance is something that we all have inside of us. Whether it is when we are little in school and want to play with the other kids, or we are adults at work and want our boss to notice the hard work we put in. The same concept applies to those who are motivated to perform terrorist acts. While the mental thought process, be it a change in political policy, a desire to spread a religious agenda, or the many other ‘types’ of terrorist goals, the need to achieve these may be a strong desire, but to know there is a group that also feels that way and is of the same mindset is a stronger drive to act on it. Being part of a collective, falling victim to that ‘group think’ is always a strong feature for people to give personal sacrifices.
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