Responding to Psychological Threats with Deliberate Ignorance

Causes and Remedies

Authored by: James A. Shepperd , Jennifer L. Howell

Handbook of Personal Security

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848726758
eBook ISBN: 9781315713595
Adobe ISBN: 9781317498476


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When thinking about threats to security, people likely think first about threats to physical or financial security and give little thought to threats to psychological security. Physical and financial threats are, of course, crucially important. Avoiding physical threats, such as violence and harm, or financial threats, which can impair one’s ability to obtain food, shelter, and clothing, is essential for survival. Thus, avoiding such threats is central to meeting people’s most basic needs (Maslow, 1943). Yet, for many people, particularly people for whom these basic needs are met, threats to psychological security are far more common.

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