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Motivation and the Quest for Personal Significance

  title={Motivation and the Quest for Personal Significance},
  author={Arie W. Kruglanski and Xiaoyan Chen and Mark Dechesne and Shira Fay Fishman},
A motivational analysis of suicidal terrorism is outlined, anchored in the notion of significance quest. It is suggested that heterogeneous factors identified as personal causes of suicidal terrorism (e.g. trauma, humiliation, social exclusion) as well as the various ideological reasons assumed to justify it (e.g. liberation from foreign occupation, defense of one’s nation or religion) may be profitably subsumed within an integrative framework that explains diverse instances of suicidal… 
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