Based on more than 15 years of work experience with ideologicalized and radicalized clienteles, the paper starts depicting a working model of the entangled psycho-social dynamics of ideologicalization and radicalization, the Ideologicalization/Radicalization Cycle, and draws methodological conclusions from there on how to approach an ideologicalized and / or radicalized clientele. Everybody who works on a professional level with such a clientele has to draw into account that ideology and radicalization are deeply rooted in a person's needs, drives to draw sense, and to build up self-esteem, argues the author. Thus, simply countering the ideological narrative runs into danger of confirmation of the ideologicalized interpretation regimes instead of revoking them. The pedagogical concept promoted by the author is explicitly based on a non-confrontational approach.
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