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The Fundamentalist MindsetPsychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History$
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Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.001.0001

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The Social Psychology of Humiliation and Revenge

The Social Psychology of Humiliation and Revenge

The Origins of the Fundamentalist Mindset

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(p.71) 7 The Social Psychology of Humiliation and Revenge
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The Fundamentalist Mindset
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Bettina Muenster

David Lotto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.003.0007

Social humiliation is associated with retaliatory behavior, even at additional cost to the retaliator. When humiliated, individuals and groups seem to have a particular appetite for revenge. The self, it is feared, will never be the same unless such injustice is appropriately addressed. What renders humiliation such a dangerous source for generating violence is the fact that such experiences are often fueled by long-lasting and extremely negative emotions. To exemplify the complexity of the humiliation phenomenon, this chapter presents a brief review of the concept of humiliation using a number of theories from social, existential, and psychoanalytic psychology. It then demonstrates how cultural, social, and psychological forces may combine to trigger the fundamentalist mindset.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, fundamentalist mindset, social humiliation, shame, revenge

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