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Psychology of Terrorism… A review

1Professor and Head, 2Senior Resident, 3Junior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, Nalgonda, Telangana State, India


Terrorism is an age-old phenomenon. Mankind has witnessed acts of terrorism in some form or the other throughout history. But the ferocity of the 9/11 events in USA has totally changed the worlds’ understanding of the word ‘terrorism’. The day to day increase in the terrorist acts all over the world, made terrorism a global problem threatening the very existence of human race. Obviously lots of time and energies are being spent to counter and control this monster. Modern research, unlike the earlier studies that have focussed more on the political roots of terrorism, dwells on the psychological underpinnings of this menace. Present review is an attempt to briefly summarise the available information on terrorism and the related matters.

Key Words Terrorism, Terrorist, Terrorist group, Psychology of terrorism.