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Penetrating The Terrorist Psyche [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Kobrin Hartevelt
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Book Description

This groundbreaking book takes the reader to a different level of understanding the terrorist psyche as it explores the darkness of Islamic suicide terrorism and its global implications through the first-person lens of a psychoanalyst turned counter-terrorist expert. What informs this innovative psychological anthropologic study is the author’s deepening awareness that within the highly popular field of terrorism studies, as well as journalistic writings on the subject, there has been little serious discussion concerning early childhood development and the terrors of the terrorist. Nor has there been much discussion of how terrorists infiltrate, interact, and engage their global targets, be they professional or lay. This book maps out the interlocking links that extend from domestic violence and intimate terrorism to domestic and global terrorism, including jihad. In this pioneering work, Dr. Kobrin distills her years of living in environments of domestic and intimate terror and her psychoanalytical and anti-terrorist expertise as she explores the interacting dynamics underlying the sadomasochistic/masochistic seduction of suicide bombings.

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About the Author

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, PhD is a fellow at the American Center for Democracy. She is a graduate of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Minnesota which focused on Al Andalus including Old Spanish in Arabic script. Dr. Kobrin was contacted after 9/11 by the U.S. Army concerning the relationship between the devalued female in Arab-Muslim culture and the suicide attack. Her work has been used extensively by the military. She published her first book The Banality of Suicide Terrorism in 2010 which has also been translated into Hebrew. Dr. Kobrin is a graduate of the Human Terrain Program, Leavenworth Kansas. She has lectured military and law enforcement in the U.S., Madrid, Sri Lanka, Israel and NATO. She conducted prison interviews in Minneapolis in 2005-2006 and predicted at Rand Santa Monica that there would be problems coming from the Somali community due to failure to integrate into American society. The first American Somali suicide bomber detonated in Puntland five months later. She immigrated to Israel in 2010 where she lives with her partner, Professor Yitzhak Reiter, Israel’s leading authority on the Arab minority. She has six grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 2165 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Multieducator Inc (November 12, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Psychological Mind of a Terrorist November 20, 2013
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This is a riveting groundbreaking account a most unique way of approaching terrorism specifically Islamic terrorism. As Kobrin states at the onset, this is not a memoir but a psychological anthropology offering a daunting anthology from a personal and psychoanalytic perspective. It examines the unconscious motivations and instinctual forces that constitute the psyche of the terrorist’s mind. It is an extremely wide range book spanning from the psychoanalytic, sociological, political as well as the intimate. Most impressively is the integration and knowledge of a series of languages a representation which form the cultural grid of terrorisms from both the political and domestic vantage points. Kobrin notes we are not born as terrorists but grow into them based on horrific child rearing practices whereby the female become the object of such profound hatred that she must be destroyed in order for the terrorist to exist. It is interesting to read the integration of her personal narrative and its application to domestic and global terrorism. The interlocking links they share Kobrin narrows down to traumatic bonding with the primary maternal object-mainly the one who has been devalued and disavowed. “She must be destroyed for the terrorist to exist.” Within this clearly defined structure she is able to define how terrorism operates. The real revelation in reading this book was the comment that in order to understand the nature of terrorism we stay be in contact with our own “internal terrorist” to the awareness how even the slightest provocation can make one blow. This is a very good read and it is to be recommended to a large variety of readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penetrating The Terrorist Psyche from the inside March 16, 2014
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This book was not written by a spectator devoid of personal experience who had to rely on received information from a variety of academic sources.

Dr. Kobrin writes about terrorism and its manifestations from the inside. She is fluent in the language of terrorism because she has been subjected to it from the time she was born. Her survival and her practical/academic expertise are hardwon in spite of circumstances in which there was a hairline’s difference between success and failure in keeping keep one’s sanity.

Terrorism and the birth of psychosis begin in the home when the child is subjected to cruelty and abuse from the parents. Because the mother and any daughters are reviled as inferior, bestial creatures undeserving of kindness and love, they are the first targets for abuse, torture, and death even though they are the sources for the basic needs of every human being. This lays the foundations for hatred of all women and everyone else and the endemic violence and death that characterize terrorists’ choices as adults.

This book is a clinical analysis of what terrorism looks like and how its works on an everyday basis for the individual terrorist mentality and for terrorist cadres in the midst of yet another campaign of slaughter and genocide of minority cultural groups.

This book is also a manual the contents of which are couched in everyday language that anyone can read and understand easily the realities that are being presented. Understanding and remembering these realities can make the difference in knowing when to use intelligent survival tactics.

As a person who knows the difference, I recommend this book without reservation for all readers. The knowledge therein may save your life.
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Kobrin's latest book on the psychological discovery and preparedness to confront terrorists takes the game to a whole new dimension. Using her own childhood experiences with an abusive father and mother and analyzing her own struggle to overcome the trauma, she sees terrorists as dysfunctional individuals who are caught in a culture that exacerbates rather than ameliorates the pain and provides an ideological cover for the public projection of their rage, frustration and shame. Her argument is perceptive, vivid and convincing. This is a remarkable and valuable achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Roots of a Terrorist Mind January 17, 2014
Dr. Kobrin exhibits great courage in her analysis of the terrorist mind by putting her own horrific life experiences on display. She effectively shows the correlation between stereotypical terrorists based upon cultural and ideological mindsets and the psychologically twisted and perverted that could be living next door. Dr. Kobrin has been effective in showing how we should look at terrorists in getting to the root levels of why they do what they do. This is a must read for anyone confronting terrorism in the home and professionals who fight terrorism at any level.
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