Homicidal ideation

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Abstract

[Extract] Homicidal ideation involves imagining physically killing another person. Such thoughts may be temporary following the experience of acute stress or perceived provocation. In other cases, thoughts of wanting to kill others may be pervasive, detailed, and associated with heightened arousal. Persistent homicidal ideation may provide a sense of relief from negative emotional experiences that maintains the harmful cognitions over time. It is useful to distinguish homicidal thoughts and ideation from other cognitions comprising violent content. Daydreams or fantasies about violence are similar, involving thoughts of wanting to harm others, but death of a target is not necessarily evident.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
EditorsAmy Wenzel
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Pages1687-1690
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781483365831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Watt, B. D. (2017). Homicidal ideation. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (pp. 1687-1690). SAGE Publications Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781483365817.n677