The Deradicalization Process
For someone who never has been down the rabbit hole, It can be hard to understand how someone can believe in anything that supports racist, antisemitic or other hateful ideologies.
This is one of the reasons why former members of extremist groups (so called “formers”) are often involved in intervention programs. “Formers” have been there and understand, rather than judge. It is important to know that understanding someone’s ideology, or how they got there, is not the same as supporting them.
Due to their experience formers possess a natural empathy – they walked in the exiter’s shoes. But in many cases the intervention of formers is only part of the rehabilitation and it is often required to involve professional therapists and counselors.
While political orientation is secondary, it is important to understand that not every former automatically becomes part of the opposite political spectrum. There is also no pre-set timeline defining the process of the deradicalization. These are personal aspects that are very fluctuant.