Motivating Factors for Radicalization of Terrorists

  1. Spiritual need
  2. Ideology, dogma, and doctrine
  3. Need for structure
  4. Need for sense of belonging, family, and community
  5. Aspiration and sense of purpose
  6. Need for compelling sense of identity
  7. Justice, to correct for a perceived injustice
  8. Need for engagement and social and political enfranchisement
  9. Need for economic enfranchisement
  10. Political
  11. Need to rebel
  12. Lust for excitement, thrill, and adventure
  13. Weak personality, weak sense of self
  14. Low mental resilience
  15. Weak mental health, bordering on mental illness
  16. Mental illness
  17. Some combination of any or all of the above

Religion as a catch-all

  • Spiritual
  • Dogma
  • Structure
  • Sense of community, belonging, and family

More than basic economic opportunity

Spiritual need

Ideology, dogma, and doctrine

Need for structure

Sense of belonging, family, and community

Aspiration and sense of purpose

Need for compelling sense of identity

Justice, to correct for a perceived injustice

Revenge and retaliation

Need for engagement and social and political enfranchisement

Economic enfranchisement

Political

Need to rebel

Lust for excitement, thrill, and adventure

Weak personality, weak sense of self

Low mental resilience

  1. Home life problems.
  2. School problems.
  3. Relationship problems.
  4. Work problems.
  5. Financial problems.
  6. Economic problems.
  7. Bullying.
  8. Oppressive media messages.
  9. Oppressive government.

Weak mental health, bordering on mental illness

Mental illness

Combined motivations

Human psyche

Triggers for radicalization

Process for radicalization

Joining a terrorist group

Interventions to prevent radicalization

Citations

Informal speculation

Black Box

Puzzle pieces

My method

Peering into the abyss

What’s next?

  1. Formalizing the motivations.
  2. Analyzing the process of radicalization.
  3. Analyzing triggers for radicalization.
  4. Analyzing the triggering process.
  5. Identifying opportunities for intervention, both before and after radicalization.
  6. Identifying personality characteristics at risk for the various motivations for radicalization.

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