Prisoners of hate

Free adaptation of the homonymous book by Aaron T. Beck

Terrorist organization

Al Qaeda, ETA,…

Acts of collective violence are not possible without the cooperation of followers, bureaucrats (sometimes) and -quite often- ordinary citizens. (Paul Hollander)

Structured herd hate

Example: Neo-Nazi organisation

The aggressors are firmly entrenched in the belief that their cause is a just one.

Source: in-house

Unstructured herd hate

Example: Persecuting Afghans in Italy
The shared banality of evil.

Source: in-house

Individual hate: Lone wolves

They renounce rationality and become prisoners of primitive and dysfunctional thoughts and over-simplified images that lead to scorn for the human identity of the victims.

Verbal aggression against specific

people: slander, harassment, insults,…
The victims are interchangeable, dehumanised, the projected image is attacked, but real people are hurt.

Attacks on property: graffiti, against symbols…

The hostility starts with the perception of the transgression and ends with a real attack.

Mental prejudice

Being unable to handle frustration is a particularly common cause of hostility. Our beliefs and systems for processing information play a decisive role in defining our feelings/sentiments.

Use of generic language

Biased or distorted thinking and perceptions are imprisoned within a mental vice that tightens depending on the real or imagined threat. This rigid framework is responsible for much of the hate and violence we suffer.