Bryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley Quoted in Associated Press Article on Death of Kim Jong Il

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm.

mccauleyBryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley, whose new book Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us was published in March, is quoted in an Associated Press article on the North Korean people’s reaction to the death of dictator Kim Jong Il.

“‘Bad things have happened to North Koreans who refused the cult of personality around Kim Jong Il. Once in the habit of complying with cult norms, it is not easy suddenly to stop,’ Clark McCauley, a psychology professor at Bryn Mawr, said in an email. Even victims of persecution, he said, sometimes come to regard the leader as a great man, regardless of their personal suffering.”

McCauley also writes about the topic in his latest Psychology Today blog post.

McCauley is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict.

He is also the author of Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic of Mass Political Murder and Finding Ways of Avoiding It and founding editor of the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.

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