Criminological Analysis of the Antisocial Personality of the Terrorist

5 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2019

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Gabriel Tanasescu

University of Craiova Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 30, 2019


This article describes the causal link between the antisocial personality of the terrorist and the suicidal behavior that preceded the passage to the criminal act. People with antisocial personality disorder are characterized as aggressive, irresponsible, cynical, impulsive, empathy-free, have a criminal behavior and know the experience of professional failure. From a psychoanalytic point of view, the terrorist has a devalued Superego, the ego is influenced by the drive of destruction, and can no longer censor the morbid demands of Id. Anticipating the sanction and assessing the consequences of the criminal act lead to the inhibition of the aggressive personality, the passage to the act being stopped by the moral barrier, by the censorship of the overwhelm in the case of a social being. The concept of radicalization is presented in comparison with the failure of social integration programs. Radicalization is preceded by suicidal behavior.

Keywords: Antisocial Personality Disorder, Suicidal Behavior, Radicalization, Superego, Passage to the Act

Suggested Citation

Tanasescu, Gabriel, Criminological Analysis of the Antisocial Personality of the Terrorist (June 30, 2019). RAIS Conference Proceedings - The 13th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, Available at SSRN: or

Gabriel Tanasescu (Contact Author)

University of Craiova Faculty of Law ( email )

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Craiova, Dolj 200585

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