Our brains can’t handle lack of explanation for lone-wolf terror attacks

[I]t would be nice if we could develop some profile of the sorts of people who become lone-wolf attackers…Unfortunately, this is probably impossible.

Simply put, people perpetrate these acts for a complicated mix of reasons, and there’s effectively no way to “profile” a future terrorist. “Fundamentally, the quest for a single answer for the reason for terror is pretty doomed — it’s like trying to answer the question of why there is crime,” J.M. Berger, a terror researcher, told [Alan] Cullison.


Researchers just have no one-size-fits-all story to explain why some people “snap” like this…There’s just no single story line that fits all or even most attacks; this is a consistent finding among the people whose lives’ work is to figure this stuff out.

Unfortunately, we — as a species — really, really want there to be some overriding explanation for these heinous acts. Human brains are not built to handle ambiguity and complexity when it comes to scary or otherwise emotionally charged subjects.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: There’s No Explanation for Lone-Wolf Terror Attacks, and Our Brains Can’t Handle That

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