Sasha Gutierrez
Krystal Moret
Sarah Jorgensen
Tomas silva
Amy Bermudez
10/25/2016
Psy 100

Buildings, cars, lamp posts, citizens, everything quaked as one of the twin towers began to cascade clown towards the Manhattan streets. sounds of screaming can be heard miles away as people ran for their lives. The ash from the towers can be noticed from as far as New Jersey and Staten island. September 11th 2001 represented the day of the largest act terrorism in the united states history. Approximately 3000 people were killed in New York city alone. terrorism can be best defined as the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal (Meriam webster learner's dictionary). The act of terrorism is a very serious issue that progresses to become a more dangerous situation to citizens around the world. Many perilous individuals plot hazardous plans to commit acts of many innocent people develop disorders and severe long lasting psychological effects that can cause death. psychologist conducted a study to determine the wide spread presence of psychopathologic disorders .
Terrorism could be represented as a virus that slowly destroys they everyday functions of society by slowly consuming the structure with its ideas and thoughts through violence . terrorism is a very serious issue that is happening in the present and even more significant threat in the future. The most popular psychological explanation for terrorism involves disruptive or psychopathological personalities. Martha Crenshaw demonstrates terrorism when she says "terrorists resort to violence as a willful choice and that terrorism as a course of action is an alternative" (post m.jerroled 25).in this she explains that terrorists commit their dangerous acts willingly. To gain excitement and to achieve a goal of frightening citizens of the area. Many social psychologist study to explain the psychological characteristics of terrorist. Most researchers suggested that the process of a terrorist group is heavily influenced by the prevailing political and social environment shared by friends and relatives. Growing up in an environment marked by radical ideas and values can lead to one to join a terrorist group. People use terrorism to drag down the state by creating s perception of corruption through the promotion of sabotaging the political economic system. The attack in New York on September 11th 2001 threatened the supply line distribution by the attack of resource movement and transportation methods. The attack also created heightened anxiety which affected the people daily lives. Most could not go to work or travel because of a threat of being hurt. The possible motivation of terrorism can be described by Martha Crenshaw when says" terrorist are action-oriented, aggressive people who are stimulus hungry and seek excitement. Particularly striking is the reliance placed on the psychological mechanisms of "externalization and splitting psychological mechanisms found in individual's with narassistic and borderline personality disturbances" (post M Jerrold 27). here she explains that terrorist are self-assertive and hostile people who crave violence. Some individuals who suffer from disorders are more prone to committing acts of terrorism.
The act of 9/11 effected many lives in numerous ways. Ways such as health complications, property damage, and loss of loved ones. post-traumatic stress depression (ptsd) and depression are two commonly psychological disorders studied after the 9/11 attack. Ptsd is the mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event , natural disasters , and sexual assault. Depression is a brain disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, which causes significant impairment in a daily life. Immediately following the attack three national studies found widespread post-traumatic stress symptoms in the general united states population. Within the first week after 9/11 (scuster et at 2001) conducted a national random digit - dial telephone survey of 560 adults and found that 44% of the participants reported substantial stress reactions. (schuser et al 2001). Researchers also found that within the first month, 12% of individuals reported acute stress symptoms and 8.9% reported symptoms involving functional impairment. studies taken together show initial evidence that the 9/11 attacks are significantly associated with ptsd symptom's in the general united states populations
Another tragic terrorism experience that happened was the Boston Marathon.  On April