THUNK – 132. On Understanding Others

“I will *never* understand why people X.” Oh really? Let’s turn that dial up to 11 and see what happens.

-Links for the Curious-

In case you’re wondering why I didn’t include a reference to the Netflix show “Mindhunter” (a fictional drama based on the origins of FBI profiling & forensic psychology of serial killers), there’s a growing body of criticism regarding the methods & rigor of those techniques, & I didn’t want to get bogged down hashing out details. Pretty much all of the criminal psychology used in law enforcement today assumes the central premise of this video (that even horrifyingly divergent minds can be simulated & understood to some degree), but it’s possible that the FBI’s whole classification system is pseudoscience –

Psychopathology of terrorists (Piccinni et al, 2017) –

Patterns of Thinking in Militant Extremism (Saucier et al, 2009) –

Inside the Terrorist Mind (Schaefer, 2007) –

Psychology of Terrorism (Borum, 2004) –

Psychological Vulnerabilities and Propensities for Involvement in Violent Extremism (Borum, 2014) –

Genesis of Suicide Terrorism (Atran, 2003) –


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