There are too many knee-jerk, brief (and incorrect) explanations for why the US is experiencing such a rise in hatred and violence. Claiming that violent perpetrators are “mentally ill” is wrong. We have research and we understand the dangerous path that some young men get involved in and which ultimately leads them to violence. The right answers are more subtle, but we do know them and we do know what to do about them. We take another look at Significance Quest theory.
- To the Fringe and Back: Violent Extremism and the Psychology of Deviance (note: PDF download)
- Significance Quest Theory: How Do We De-Radicalize People?
- Why Do Young People Turn To Hatred and Violence? Sigificance Quest theory (Includes discussion questions for students)
- Kruglanski, A., Jasko, K., Webber, D., Chernikova, M., & Molinario, E. (2018). The making of violent extremists. Review of General Psychology, 22(1), 107-120. doi:10.1037/gpr0000144
- The road to extremism: Field and experimental evidence that significance loss-induced need for closure fosters radicalization.