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  • Scientific Program Meeting

    The 9/11 Hijackers:
    Who They Were, Why They Did It

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    8:15 PM

    Can Psychoanalysis Help Us Understand What Turns a Teenager Into a Terrorist?

    New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, in celebration of the Centenary of its Society and the Blos Memorial Lecture, presents Terry McDermott, the award-winning author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers—Who They Were, Why They Did It, in conversation with Professor Jerome Wakefield from the School of Social Work, New York University.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Mr. McDermott will reflect on his research in the light of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, more recent tragic world-wide events and the impact that the past ten years have had on his understanding of what led the 9/11 group of young men to become terrorists.

    He and Dr. Wakefield will explore the familial, cultural, religious, and psychological worlds of these men as well as broader issues of cultural and racial relativism in distinguishing normal from pathological behavior.

    They will also consider the question: Can psychoanalysis help distinguish normal adolescent behavior from that which may signify emotional distress, or be the first sign of serious psychological disorder?

    In keeping with the mission of The Peter Blos Center for Adolescence, Dr. Susan Sherkow will join Mr. McDermott and Dr. Wakefield to explore issues that arise for clinicians, educators and others working with teenagers when there are concerns about emotional disorder and/or violence potential, especially when the young people are from very different cultural, racial and/or ethnic backgrounds.

    In addition, Dr. William H. Braun will be awarded the Peter Blos Prize in recognition of his contributions to New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s child and adolescent psychoanalytic program, especially in building psychoanalytic outreach partnerships between NYPSI and the New York City community.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •