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Killology is a term invented by law enforcement trainer Dave Grossman. It is a pseudoscience[1][2] concerning the psychology of taking a life.[3] Grossman, who has never killed anyone in combat,[4] invented the term in his 1996 book On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, drawing on the work of combat historian S.L.A. Marshall.[5][6]

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  1. ^ McLaughlin, Kelly (June 2, 2020). "One of America's most popular police trainers is teaching officers how to kill". Insider.
  2. ^ Balko, Radley (February 14, 2017). "A day with 'killology' police trainer Dave Grossman". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Eells, Josh (February 8, 2017). "Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, the "Killologist" Training America's Cops". Men's Journal. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  4. ^ Schatz, Bryan (March 2017). ""Are you prepared to kill somebody?" A day with one of America's most popular police trainers". Mother Jones.
  5. ^ Wardrip-Fruin, Noah; Harrigan, Pat (January 2004). First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-262-23232-6.
  6. ^ Steuter, Erin; Wills, Deborah (15 July 2009). At War with Metaphor: Media, Propaganda, and Racism in the War on Terror. Lexington Books. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-7391-3031-5.

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