1.3.2 Motivation of perpetrator

The motivation of the perpetrator: The aim of action is destruction: The deed might be a conscious (this usually includes a planned scenario) or unconscious act: Even though perpetrators might experience their acts as an expression of helplessness or powerlessness or as an uncontrollable emotional ‘eruption’, the aim is to destroy the person physically or symbolically.

The motivation of destruction further leads to the difference between conflict and violence: The aim of a conflict is to retrieve what unifies the partners: Conflicting partners experience a separating development, e.g. in a partnership and try to regain common ground. The aim of violence is to destroy the partner either physically or symbolically.

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