Extremist’s Psychology: A Case Study of Activities of Proscribed Organizations and Impact Range in South Punjab, Pakistan.

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Dr. Umbreen Javaid, et. al.


Extremism is a mindset not merely an act of oppression and it passes through stages of development to become violence. According to the tiered model of intervention extremism develops through four tiers initiating from universal approach to targeted which later on converted to interventionists approach and lastly lead to enforcement approach. Psychoanalytic history further contributes towards severity of ailment which either physical or psychological. According to research not any specific feature attributes extremism but set of factors contribute to result in extremist behaviour. Few factors such as sense of deprivation, weak family integration, aggressive protentional, economic disparity and joblessness contribute much towards extremism turning to violence. This is qualitative research is phenomenological study of psychology of extremism based on nine probes discussion. Target population considered was the proscribed organizations operating in south Punjab, Pakistan. Results cogently help to devise policy recommendation for government to perform well in countering extremism in the state.

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