(CLARION PROJECT) – If grievance is a form of addiction, then "your brain on grievances looks a lot like your brain on drugs." That's the argument laid out by violence researcher James Kimmel, Jr.
If the argument holds water, an expanded understanding of grievance retention (and possibly the victimhood culture that severe grievances pan out into) could shed new light on the "push/pull" dynamics that draw young people to extremist ideologies.
Kimmel is a lawyer and a lecturer in psychiatry at Yale University of Medicine, who believes the science of addiction can be used to understand grievances, retaliation and violent crime. Writing for Politico, Kimmel breaks down the parallels he has found in "brain biology" between substance addiction and grievance.
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