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Rational and irrational thinking in terrorist pronouncements: An REBT analysis.

Ibison, Janet and Davies, Martin F.. 2002. 'Rational and irrational thinking in terrorist pronouncements: An REBT analysis.'. In: BPS Conference on “Aspects of Terrorism and Martyrdom”. Royal Holloway College, Egham November 14th 2002. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

The objective of this study was to explore the thinking of terrorist groups from a content analysis of terrorist pronouncements obtained from the Web. Five main themes were identified: The explicit aims of the group; Oppression; A noble/holy war; Extreme ingroup-outgroup contrasts; and a higher, greater force. These themes were analysed from an REBT perspective. Although there was evidence of rational thinking especially in the aims of the group, the remaining themes exhibited thinking that emphasised demands, downing and low frustration tolerance.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Additional Information:

Invited paper.

Keywords:

Irrational beliefs, terrorism, REBT

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2002UNSPECIFIED

Event Location:

Royal Holloway College, Egham

Date range:

November 14th 2002

Item ID:

115

Date Deposited:

13 Nov 2007 14:51

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 15:28

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/115

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