Skip to comments.Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences
Posted on 05/08/2010 8:23:33 PM PDT by ventanax5
When I first read about Nicolai Sennels work concerning therapy, which he had conducted with criminal Muslims in Denmark, I knew that it would be groundbreaking. I hope that you the reader will listen closely to what he has to say.
I also had the opportunity to conduct prison interviews of Muslim detainees, which were not interrogations. Minneapolis has the largest diaspora of Somali Muslims outside of Mogadishu, and there was an overload in the county jail. I was trying to decide if I wanted to draw up a research project. Pressured for time and with too many other responsibilities plus receiving a death threat during one of the interviews, I decided against it.
Like Sennels, I came away with a similar sense that Western law enforcement and the general public did not understand why there was so much crime in the Muslim population. And why there has been this problem of jail house converts to Islam who then become radicalized through contact with other criminal Muslims during incarceration.
(Excerpt) Read more at newenglishreview.org ...
Psychology and Islam make an interesting topic. I hope that there are more studies in this field.
Uh, the difference in humans and animals?
“Psychology and Islam make an interesting topic. I hope that there are more studies in this field.”
I would like to see more comparisons between Moose Limbs and burned toast.
The local Somalis around here aren’t too keen on Islam either. They’re pretty much in Islam mostly because they don’t want to “lose their identity”. I’ve talked to many, I grew up with the Somali Muslims, I’ve went to high school with them. They all hate it.
....In the Muslim culture, aggressive behavior, especially threats, are generally seen to be accepted, and even expected as a way of handling conflicts and social discrepancies. If a Muslim does not respond in a threatening way to insults or social irritation, he, not "she" (Muslim women are, mostly, expected to be humble and to not show power) is seen as weak, as someone who cannot be depended upon and loses face....
....This cultural difference is exceedingly important when dealing with Muslim regimes and organizations. Our way of handling political disagreement goes through diplomatic dialogue, and calls on Muslim leaders to use compassion, compromise and common sense. This peaceful approach is seen by Muslims as an expression of weakness and lack of courage. Thus avoiding the risks of a real fight is seen by them as weakness; when experienced in Muslim culture, it is an invitation to exploitation....
....the locus of control is central to the individual's understanding of freedom and responsibility. Even though our Christian based societies may, in certain situations, give too much emphasis on feelings of guilt; it also strengthens the individual's sense of being able to take responsibility for, and change one's own life. In societies shaped under Islamic and Quranic influence there may be fewer feelings of guilt and thus, more freedom to demand the surroundings to adapt to one's own wishes and desires. This may include demands to wear Islamic costumes which can result in more Muslim demands for Islamization of our Western societies, but it is also a powerful source of victim mentality and leads to endless demands on one's surroundings. In a very concrete way this cultural tendency, shows itself in therapy, as a lack of remorse. The standard answer from violent Muslims was always: " It is his own fault that I beat him up. He provoked me." Such excuses show that people experience their own reactions as caused by external factors and not by their own emotions, motivation and free will....
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marking to read with my morning coffee
The peoples, cultures, nations, etc., who believe that external factors are the dominant forces in their lives are generally nuts, big on conspiracy theories and always blaming something else or someone else for whatever goes wrong.
Hey, Lee. I can’t see the graphics on your profile page.
Anyway attempting a psychological study of Vikings or Crusaders or American Indians might have noted similar traits.
Know thy enemy... indeed. Now we know, what would be the best way to use their weakness against them?
I'll be joining you!
Excellent post. I hope everyone clicks through and reads the whole thing. Sounds like Denmark needs an anti-immigration tea party.
The Prime Minister of Turkey is an Islamist and is rapidly dismantling the old Kemalist structure of the country. He recently said that to speak of “moderate Islam” is an insult. “Islam is Islam,” he said. There are no degrees of Islam.
My server went 404ed a long time ago and I didn’t even bother to update my profile page.