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NCJ Number: 76478 Find in a Library
Title: Mentally Unbalanced Attackers (From Clandestine Tactics and Technology - A Technical and Background Intelligence Data Service, Volume 1 See NCJ-77154)
Author(s): A E Cornelius
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines the basic psychological impulses of those who commit violent attacks on prominent persons for personal reasons.
Abstract: Although such acts, termed 'anomic,' are often justified by the perpetrator in political terms, they are usually not a logical or realistic means for advancing the terrorist's political goals. Therefore, the connecting link between the act and the result is assumed to be a mental invention of the attacker. Despite the mental aberrations which can be clinically defined and diagnosed as the reasons for such attacks, the basic motivation in these situations is frustration. Yet the aberrations do contribute to the increased tension and include alienation, material and/or emotional deprivation, sociopathic personality disturbance, and depression. Other identifiable aberrations are inadequate personality type, obsessive-compulsive reaction, inferiority complex, delusions of grandeur, paranoid personality, and paranoid schizophrenia. The build-up of frustration, increased by the presence of any of these mental conditions, can result in the final tension-relieving act of attack, injury, or murder. A point can be reached past which no course of action remains open to this individual except violent retaliation against what is considered the source of misery. The breaking point of such an individual is the point at which attack or killing becomes the answer to the problem, either for the terrorist or for some imagined group the offender thinks will be helped by the destruction of the 'menace.' No references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Aggression; Assault and battery; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Terrorist profiles
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