Sex through Violent Death: The Utopianism, Grandiosity, and Contempt of the Religious Terrorist

Dr. Meloy will discuss his ongoing work with collaborators on psychodynamically understanding the threat posed by lone actor terrorists who are at least consciously motivated by a theology that advances homicide and suicide.


Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
7:00 PM - Registration/Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Blvd., Ste 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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SDPC Graduate Members free, non-members $30, students $20

Educational Objective(s)

  • To be familiar and able to describe contemporary viewpoints of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theories pertaining to the understanding of lone actor terrorists.
  • To understand psychodynamic/psychoanalytic frontier approaches in addressing motivations for terrorism, as well as homicide and suicide.
  • To apply psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of the greater world culture of today as it pertains to significant regional and violent conflicts.

Presenter Information

Reid Meloy is a forensic psychologist who also holds a Master of Divinity degree. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSD, and is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two-hundred twenty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. He has been conducting research and writing on personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past twenty-five years.