Author(s) Winter, David A.
Tschudi, Finn
Year 2015
Title Construing a “Perfect Knight”: A Personal Construct Investigation of Mass Murder
Published in Journal of Constructivist Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 2
Pages 139–151
DOI 10.1080/10720537.2013.846837
Abstract On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik emailed a compendium entitled, “2083: A Declaration of European Independence,” to more than 1,000 addresses before bombing government buildings in Oslo and attacking a Labor Party youth camp, killing 77 people. This article adopts a credulous attitude and analyzes a personal section of his compendium from a personal construct psychology perspective, as if it were a self-characterization. Its aim is to understand further the construing processes of individuals who become “radicalized” or engage in acts of extreme violence, on the assumption that such understanding is a prerequisite for preventative and restorative strategies. The personal construct formulation of Breivik's construing and actions is compared with the analysis of terrorism by an historian, Roger Griffin.
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