Accession Number : ADA131656

Title :   Psychologic Aspects of Terrorism.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Galvin,John R

PDF Url : ADA131656

Report Date : 26 Apr 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Increasing incidences of terrorist exploitation of sensitive political interfaces are occurring. Military and paramilitary commanders are likely to become involved in the resolution of incidents precipitated by such organizations. Personnel known to staff such organizations are examined in terms of background, educational and social factors. Special attention to the behavioral background reveals stunted development of parental identification and a lack of fulfillment of basic personality needs. Counterforce commanders should be aware that observed behavior such as championing an oppressed minority masks internal emotional dissonance and is an outlet for subconscious rage. Death threats and authoritarian tactics will tend to re-enforce the underlying process. Opportunities to ventilate and negotiations with (real or illusory) escape scenarios will provide optimal interventions to preserve hostages and to amass overwhelming counterforce.

Descriptors :   *Terrorism, Psychology, Identification, Personality, Resolution, Problem solving

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE