Terrorism Science: 5 Insights into Jihad in Europe


“ Terrorism researchers are trying to understand how young people in Europe become radicalized, by looking for clues in the life histories of those who have committed or planned terrorist acts in recent years, left the continent to join ISIS, or are suspected of wanting to become jihadists. A mixture of sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, and psychologists are drawing on information generated by police, judicial inquiries and the media, and, in some cases, on interviews. They also study factors at play in prisons and socially-deprived areas. Some of their insights are summarized here.”

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  1. Sounds like it’s time for a new diagnosis: Oppositional Terroristic Explosive Disorder. This mental illness usually develops in early adulthood and one of the cardinal symptoms of the disorder is leaving home to go to Syria or Iraq. The specificity of this diagnostic criterion allows psychiatrists a high degree of reliability in diagnosing this illness.

    And yes, this mental illness is just as valid and reliable as all the others in the DSM.