“When analysts discuss the role that humiliation plays in warfare, terrorism and genocide, they often speak as though we know what humiliation is and what it does,” psychology professor Clark McCauley, of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, told the Daily Mail.
“Perhaps the most startling implication of this analysis is that it is not only the weak who can be humiliated,” McCauley added.
Terrorists are filled with shame and anger leading to a feeling of humiliation, a new study reveals.
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And that’s why men with radical views turn to terror.
The researchers said there are two paths: an “opinion pyramid” that sees an escalation of extremist ideas and an “action pyramid” that results in terrorist action.
“But the fact is that humiliation will have to be better understood before it can help us understand intergroup violence.”
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One of the biggest problems for counter-terrorism agents is trying to distinguish between the ones who have crazy ideas and those who are ready to kill.
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The study adds that 99% of those fuelled with radical ideas never act out their darkest fantasies.
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Experts believe research on humiliation could significantly improve our understanding of what turns the boy-next-door into a bomb-hurling maniac.
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“The powerful can be humiliated by the weak if — as is often the case in terrorist attacks — the government targeted is unable to retaliate directly against the perpetrators.”
But humiliation, which he defines it as a toxic cocktail of shame and anger, is a key component.
McCauley said there is no common psychological denominator for what makes a terrorist.