There are scientists who argue that if we can understand what turns a normal human being into a radicalised one, and eventually into one who acts in a violent manner on his/her ideas, then we can predict who among us is a potential terrorist. That can help us prevent such acts, mainly through the incapacitation of the individual before the act. There have been attempts in identifying factors that turn someone into a terrorists.
These are called theories – and they are precisely that – ideas – most of them in competition with other ideas – of what turns someone into a terrorist.
Why do some people (and not others) become Violent Extremist?
First of all one has to keep in mind that the process of radicalisation, particularly that which leads to violent extreme action does not happen from one day to the next: it is a process.
This process is related to a search for:
• meaning; and
• a place in a community.