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PsyTer - Psychology of Terrorism of Kirk Kennedy Ph.D Chief...

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Psychology Psychology of Terrorism of Terrorism Kirk Kennedy, Ph.D. Kirk Kennedy, Ph.D. Chief, Center for National Security Psychology Chief, Center for National Security Psychology Behavioral Sciences Directorate Behavioral Sciences Directorate DoD/Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) DoD/Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA)
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Psychology of Terrorism Psychology of Terrorism 17 Years GOV Experience: All in Intelligence Community -- Offensive operations; counterintelligence; asset validation; behavioral consultation and employee assistance programs Current Focus: Adapting behavioral sciences to solve problems in operations and investigations Today: Psychology of Terrorism Why do people commit terrorist acts? What about “suicide terrorists”?
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Definitions What is Psychology? The study of human behavior What is Terrorism? The unlawful use of – or threatened use of – force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives. Why is Psychology relevant? Essential to understand why humans engage in terrorism in order to prevent terrorism Why? Behavior is explainable & predictable
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Psychological Understandings Psychology of violence Understanding Motivation Frustration, Solidarity Psychopathology often not a factor Understanding other Cultures Ideology, politics, religion Opportunity, education, socioeconomic status (SES) Understanding Terrorists Individuals Cells
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