Collateral Damage: The Psychological Consequences of by Paul Kimmel, Chris E. Stout Ph.D.

By Paul Kimmel, Chris E. Stout Ph.D.

Color-coded terrorism signals are issued, then lifted with out rationalization. fake alarms can, like crying wolf, desensitize humans to a true must be on alert. And that psychic numbing is only one impact mentioned during this e-book by way of fifteen psychologists teamed as much as take a serious examine the U.S. struggle on terrorism. those specialists are led via the Chairman of an American mental organization activity strength charged with pinpointing the influence of our anti-terrorism efforts on American psychological overall healthiness. jointly, they current the main updated and interesting photo we've of the fallout on our personal humans from our personal courses. The textual content spotlights stereotyping of foreigners, elevated household hate crimes, worry, melancholy and helplessness, in addition to elevated militancy and belligerence, particularly between scholars. maybe most annoying within the land of the loose, we additionally see expanding attractiveness of regulations on our own freedoms, and popularity of human rights violations.

Color-coded terrorism signals are issued, then lifted with out clarification. fake alarms can, like crying wolf, desensitize humans to a true have to be on alert. And that psychic numbing is only one impact mentioned during this ebook by way of fifteen psychologists teamed up for a serious examine the U.S. warfare on terrorism. those specialists are led by means of the Chairman of the yankee mental organization activity strength charged with pinpointing the impact of our anti-terrorism efforts on America's psychological healthiness. jointly, they current the main updated and interesting photo we now have of the fallout on our personal humans from our personal courses. The textual content spotlights fueled stereotyping of foreigners, elevated family hate crimes, worry, melancholy and helplessness, in addition to expanding militancy and belligerence, particularly between scholars. probably most annoying within the land of the loose, our awareness is attracted to growing to be reputation of regulations on our own freedoms, and reputation of human rights violations.

Contributors to this assortment goal to offer us a fact money, what our nationwide reactions to terrorism were, how these reactions have affected the psyche of our humans and even if this has made us better or weaker, and kind of prone to be the objective for destiny attacks.

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Any money you need, you have it. This is our only agenda” (Clarke, 2004, p. 24). The president and his administration quickly seized the concept of “war” and by so doing adopted political “realism” as a conceptual frame to organize their thoughts and direct their actions. From such a perspective, the 9/11 attack by al Qaeda called for swift retaliatory action by the United States. Recently, a task force of the American Psychological Association (APA) noted that the metaphor of “war” in the “war on terrorism” evokes in the public and in officials cognitions, emotions, and behaviors that promote conflict escalation and violence while inhibiting conflict management approaches (Kimmel, 2005).

National trends were mirrored in major cities across the United States. In Los Angeles County and Chicago, officials reported 15 times the number of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim crimes in 2001 compared to the preceding year (National Asian American Pacific Legal Consortium, 2003). The year 2001 ended with a level of hate crimes against Arab Americans and Muslims that rivaled all previous years for which data had been collected (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003). Moral Mandates But spikes in nationalistic sentiments reflect attitudes, not necessarily behavior.

From such a perspective, the 9/11 attack by al Qaeda called for swift retaliatory action by the United States. Recently, a task force of the American Psychological Association (APA) noted that the metaphor of “war” in the “war on terrorism” evokes in the public and in officials cognitions, emotions, and behaviors that promote conflict escalation and violence while inhibiting conflict management approaches (Kimmel, 2005). Within one month of 9/11, the United States was waging a war in Afghanistan, and even before that, there was a spike in hate crimes in the United States, directed at people who were thought to resemble the hijackers.

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