Psychological Perspective Of Suicide Bombing

Abdul Wahab Yousafzai, Muhammad Naim Siddiqi

Suicide bombing has rightly been centre of attention in recent years. A common perception amongst public and even scientific community is that Suicide bombers are abnormal in some way and must be mentally ill. So for there have been no evidence that people who perpetrate the suicide bombing are with mental illness. The black and white and simplistic thinking like ‘I am good and right’, ‘You are bad and wrong’; are the beliefs which may be underlying these acts. These beliefs distance people from their opponents and make it easier for them to kill people with apparently little or no sense of remorse or guilt. However these may be oversimplifications for a very complex phenomenon. In this article we provide a brief overview of the psychological perspective on the suicide bombing. This is not a comprehensive review; it is only an attempt to raise the debate on a subject, which has been subject of little scientific investigations.

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