Ten years after 9/11

Sunday saw the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on New York and Washington in which almost 3000 people died. British psychologists have been talking about the effect of this anniversary and of the atrocities themselves.

"9/11 was a devastating event, which affected people around the world, says Dr Jennifer Wild, a Chartered Psychologist. “The 10-year anniversary may bring back symptoms of traumatic stress in families who lost loved ones because of the event.  For the rest of us, it is likely that the footage shown on television will serve as a potent reminder of the fear and loss we experienced 10 years ago.”

Dr James Thompson, a Fellow of the Society, adds:

“I suggested at the time that people would be going up tall buildings and using planes without a thought in two years’ time. In the event it was quicker than that. However, 9/11  gave rise to a whole new set of anxieties in air travellers.

 “Looking back, it was a brutally cost-effective act of political terrorism, and in its supreme cruelty it reminded us that hatred will always have its protagonists and its groupies.”

The Society’s Research Digest has put together an extensive list of links and resources on 9/11. These include a special issue of the American Psychologist magazine, a cover feature from the APA Monitor and articles from New Scientist and our own monthly magazine The Psychologist.