Psychology of Terrorism and the Staircase Mataphor


The article deals with the contemporary form of terrorism, introduces selected issues and discusses the psychology of terrorism. Various forms and typologies of contemporary terrorism which occurs in different geographical and cultural areas and uses large scale of methods and tactical and strategic approaches are introduced as well.The main goal of this article is to describe psychological aspects of terrorism with the emphasis on the motivation and group dynamics of terrorist organizations. The staircase metaphor which allows thinking about the process of recruitment of terrorists is introduced as well. The article derives especially from theoretical socio-psychological and political findings.

Josef Smolík, PhD, MBA, LL.M., born in 1976, graduate of Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University, Brno in political science (2004, PhD. 2007) and psychology (2005). Also graduated Faculty of Education, in the field of social pedagogy (2005).
Head of Department of Social Development of the Faculty Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University. He deals with the political radicalism, political psychology and security studies.

Country: Czech Republic


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