Video: Prof. Moghaddam Talks About the Psychology Behind the Tucson Shooting
Psychology professor Fathali Moghaddam talks about the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in relation to national and global issues.
He says it is important to think of the event "in terms of layers." On the first layer, or level, Moghaddam says, are the shooter and the victims. Next, on a second level, is the divisive U.S. political landscape, which may have sparked the shooting. Thirdly is the global level in which increasing change has created pressure on the U.S. and other wealthy countries to create lower wages. And this global change is causing problems that trickle down to the second and first levels.
"It's not surprising that politicians in the United States are fighting so fiercely," Moghaddam says. "Because they are reacting to the frustrations that are really globally derived. They are frustrations that can't be solved nationally. … And they are being translated into the conflict discord that we see on the Hill right now."