The Psychology of Terrorists: Tools for Profiling and Counterterrorism

Raymond H. Hamden

September 1, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 288 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439810026 - CAT# K10509


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  • Analyzes the objectives and methods of terrorists and explains why terrorists use the tactics of terrorism
  • Compares some of the important cultural differences that should be considered by countries when designing counter-terrorist strategies
  • Approaches terrorism from a social and clinical psychological view-point and assesses how political and religious beliefs can sometimes aid in creating terrorists
  • Raises the debate as to whether the use of terrorist tactics are ever justified
  • Categorizes types of terrorists to make concepts understandable and applicable


Drawing on his extensive experience, including research, consultations, and first-hand interviews, Richard Hamden presents a unique look at terrorists as individual players with personal motives as well as those of principle. Organizing the psychology of terrorists into four distinct profiles, he establishes the mindset of the individual terrorist, taking into account personal experience, psychological make-up, background, and religious ideology. Without prejudice or bias, he presents an analysis of terrorists and terrorist behavior and demonstrates the validity and reliability of profiling to understand ideological motivations and create tactical objectives to counter terrorist threats.