Self-compassion of terrorist prisoners undergoing deradicalization program


  • Achmad Mauluddin Alfithon Program Studi Psikologi, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Muhammad Syafiq Program Studi Psikologi, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Indonesia


deradicalization, self-compassion, terrorist prisoners


This study aims to explore the self-compassion of terrorist prisoners. Three terrorist inmates from Porong Correctional Facility located in Surabaya, Indonesia, were recruited after completing deradicalization program as referred by the correction officers. Data were obtained using semi-structured interviews and were analyzed using thematic analysis strategies. The concept of self-compassion as proposed by Neff (2003) was used as a theoretical framework in the analysis. The study found that respondents reported thoughts, feelings, and actions that demonstrated their self-compassion, which was likely to be attributable to their participation in deradicalization program. Positive inducements from the correctional facility officers, as a part of the deradicalization program, seemed to offer a new perspective. In particular, their belief in God’s forgiveness and the perceived social support from the facility assisted them to perceive themselves in a less self-blaming attitude. Participants’ contemplation of human being as imperfect also enabled them to accept their transgression and develop empathy towards others. The finding suggests that self-compassion could be a good indicator of the effectiveness of deradicalization program among terrorist prisoners.


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Muhammad Syafiq, Program Studi Psikologi, Universitas Negeri Surabaya

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Alfithon, A. M., & Syafiq, M. (2022). Self-compassion of terrorist prisoners undergoing deradicalization program. Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat, 9(1), 67–93.



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