In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror

In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror


By (author) Tom Pyszczynski, By (author) Sheldon Solomon, By (author) Jeff Greenberg

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  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 259mm x 18mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Washington DC
  • ISBN 10: 1557989540
  • ISBN 13: 9781557989543
  • Sales rank: 1,891,527

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An exploration of the emotions of despair, fear and anger that arose after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the autumn of 2001. The authors analyze reactions to the attacks through the lens of terror management theory, an existential psychological model that explains why humans react the way they do to the threat of death and how this reaction influences their post-threat cognition and emotion. The theory provides ways to understand and reduce terrorism's effect and possibly find resolutions to conflicts involving terrorism. The authors focus primarily on the reaction in the United States to the 9/11 attack, but their model is applicable to all instances of terrorism, and they expand their discussion to include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The work has practical implications and should be a useful resource for mental health practitioners, researchers, and anyone concerned with the causes and effects of terrorism.

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Table of contents

Terror in America - The Day our World Changed; Terror Management Theory - An Evolutionary Existential Account of Human Behaviour; Terror Management Research - Coping with Conscious and Unconscious Death Related Thoughts; Terror Management Research on Prejudice and Self-Esteem Striving; Black Tuesday - The Psychology Impact of 9/11; Managing the Terror; The Roots of Islamic Terrorism; Giving Peace a Chance; In the Wake of 9/11; Rising Above the Terror.