Description: Despite the general position of politicians and police officers that we will not be intimidated by acts of terror it is perfectly understandable that the occurrence of such events can create feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Politics aside, how might we think about these sorts of issues from a psychological perspective?
Source: How to Cope with Anxiety During Terror Threats, Katie Rogers, New York Times
Date: November 19, 2015
Photo Credit: Hilary Swift, The New York Times
It largely goes without saying that the intended purpose behind acts of terrorism is to create and fan feelings of anxiety and fear in large populations. Politicians and other officials take the understandable stand that we will not give in to the psychological intent of such actions. However, it is understandable that some feelings of anxiety and uncertainty may arise when such events occur in the world. What might we do to cope effectively with such situations and feelings? The article linked above provides a brief overview of some of the areas where psychology has some useful things to say about how we might think about and approach the sorts of events as they happen at various places in the world.
Questions for Discussion:
- Given that the vast majority of us have no direct control over events in the world that come to be described as acts of terrorism what sorts of things can we do in order to cope when such events occur in to help us deal with anxiety that we may feel at those times?
- Additional things might be necessary or helpful for parents and others who interact with children in the course of their daily lives to think about in this sort of situation?
- Why might it be particularly important for people in Paris too, as they have done, return to Parisian cafés?
References (Read Further):
Gabay, G. (2015). Extending Psychophysics Methods to Evaluating Potential Social Anxiety Factors in Face of Terrorism. J Psychol Psychother, 4(167), 2161-0487. http://omicsonline.org/open-access/extending-psychophysics-methods-to-evaluating-potential-social-anxiety-factors-in-face-of-terrorism-2161-0487.1000167.pdf
Baker, C. (2015). Shades of intolerance: the influence of terrorism on discriminatory attitudes and behaviors in the United Kingdom and Canada (Doctoral dissertation, Rutgers University-Graduate School-Newark). https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/47632/PDF/1/
Kahn, M. E. (2015). Urban adaptation to low-probability shocks: contrasting terrorism and natural disaster risk. Benefit Cost Analyses for Security Policies: Does Increased Safety Have to Reduce Efficiency?, 157. http://188.8.131.52/Documents/areas/ctr/ziman/2010-09.pdf