Individual differences in relational motives interact with the political context to produce terrorism and terrorism-support

Behav Brain Sci. 2014 Aug;37(4):377-8. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13003579.


The psychology of suicide terrorism involves more than simply the psychology of suicide. Individual differences in social dominance orientation (SDO) interact with the socio-structural, political context to produce support for group-based dominance among members of both dominant and subordinate groups. This may help explain why, in one specific context, some people commit and endorse terrorism, whereas others do not.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Terrorism / psychology*