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Why They Do It:

Beliefs & Emotional Gratification

Lead to Violent Acts

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

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Copyright 2010 Jane Gilgun

Summary

This article shows how beliefs and emotional gratification are core issues in violent acts. Other explanations such as mental illness and being victims themselves take second place to belief systems. Through case studies, the author shows how beliefs and gratifications are central to understanding and preventing violence

About the Author

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW, is a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. She has done research on the meanings of violence of perpetrators and the development of violent behaviors for more than 25 years.

Why They Do It:

Beliefs & Emotional Gratification

Lead to Violent Acts

Mass murders of children in China and a local mass murder of adults in Minneapolis in April 2010 raise questions about why they do it. China and Minneapolis could hardly be more far apart, but the murderers in both countries have a lot in common. In fact, anyone who murders has much in common with other murderers. In this article, I will first present the general features of why people kill and do other violent things such as rape and physical violence. Then I will show how these general features can be used to understand individual cases.

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