9/02/2005

The Psychology of Looting

"In these kinds of desperate, and apparently lawless, conditions, experts say people will throw away their normal sense of ethics and do anything to survive.

'When you have a situation as extreme as Katrina, people have lost their sense of security, control, protection and shelter,' said David Sattler, associate professor of psychology at Western Washington University. 'They fall into basic rules of survival mode. Some feel that they're going to do what they need to do to survive. They're going to do what they need to do to get the basic necessities.'

In an exclusive interview with 'Good Morning America's' Diane Sawyer, President Bush said there should be a no-tolerance approach to looters."

Mr. Compassion strikes again.

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