Psychobiography of Imam Samudra-Bali I Terrorist Initiator: Psycho-Ideological Dynamic

Chusniyah, Tutut and Mubaraq, Zulfi (2017) Psychobiography of Imam Samudra-Bali I Terrorist Initiator: Psycho-Ideological Dynamic. Presented at 7th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, 25-28 July 2007, Sabah-Malaysia..


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This study is a part of the ongoing effort to better understanding the causes, motivations, and determinant of terrorist behavior. Although mental illness is not a critical factor in explaining terrorist behavior and most terrorist are not ’psychopaths’, early writings on the ‘the psychology of terrorism’ were based mostly on psychoanalytic theory. This study of Imam Samudra psychobiography will provide a psychological and ideological dynamics of him. Ideology in itself is not enough to convince a person to engage in terrorism, there is an interaction of individual psychology and his ideology. It was found that Imam Samudra, who flew into the Bali Bombing I, was a normal person, no record of child abuse, and very intelligent. He has a holy mission to destruct on target as a fictional finalism. This goal drove is to attain it. He creates the war situation actively that can be used as a channel of his drive, as a way to jihad’s situation.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: ideology, dynamic, perspective, individual psychology
Subjects: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions: Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Training > Department of Islamic Education
Depositing User: Mufid Mufid
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 11:29


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