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The mind of suicide terrorists.

Authors
  • Marazziti, Donatella1
  • Veltri, Antonello2
  • Piccinni, Armando1
  • 1 1Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale,Section of Psychiatry,University of Pisa.
  • 2 2Fondazione BRF Onlus - Institute for research in psychiatry and neuroscience,Lucca,Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
CNS spectrums
Publication Date
Sep 14, 2017
Pages
1–6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1092852917000566
PMID: 28903789
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

After reviewing the available literature about the main hypotheses on suicide terrorism and the psychological characteristics of terrorists that have been proposed throughout the years, the present authors have put forward some personal considerations on what the distinctive traits of today's suicide bombers might be. In spite of the heterogeneity and paucity of "real" data, it is evident that there is no peculiar familial, educational, or socioeconomic factors that may account for religious radicalization leading to suicide terrorism. On the contrary, some common psychological features can be highlighted: such as isolation, feelings of emptiness, cold rationality, a lack of empathy, and a lust for martyrdom and death. To die to kill: this is the core feature, a sort of organizer that can twist higher cognitive and emotional processes, resulting in the supreme and highly rewarding suicidal and killing behaviors.

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