Interview with psychologist Nicolai Sennels: “Muslims instinctively see our lack of reaction as fear, its an invitation to attack”

Interview in the Hapeles Orthodox Jewish newspaper. Here is the original English interview:

1) What are the differences between the Muslim and Western man?

Nicolai: Working with Muslim clients I found four important psychological differences. Understanding these differences makes us more able to understand the psychological aspects of integration problems that the West experiences when it comes to Muslim immigrants.

The first difference concerns anger. Western cultures see anger as a weakness, and expression of anger is a way to lose social status. In the Muslim culture, where , “might is right”, anger is seen as strength. Some Muslim communities even declares “days of anger”, where they try to convince others by screaming, shooting in the air and hopping up and down. While we Westerners see such behaviour as embracing or even psychiatric, Muslim cultures defines our lack of aggression as weakness, that can – and should – be exploited. To avoid such invitations to exploitation, we should speak the truth, make demands, be consequent – and carry a big stick.

The second difference concerns honor and self confidence. Inside the Western culture it is generally seen as a sign of honor and self confidence, if we are able to handle criticism either with and shrug (if we disagree) or with a “I think you are right – thanks for helping me to improve”. In Muslim culture, it is honorable to defend against criticism with aggression and exhibit the courage to risk physical confrontation – no matter if the criticism is true or not. Islam can not defend, Islam can only attack. This is why we very seldom hear Muslims defend their religion through logic or reason, but almost always with intimidation and violence: It does not matter who is right, it matters who is the strongest. From the perspective of traditional Muslim culture, the Western concept of honor is dishonorable. It makes us look pathetic and fearful, and for a religion that is basically imperialistic and aggressive, it is an invitation to attack.

The third difference concerns self responsibility, and here the psychological term “locus of control” is important to understand. Western culture leans towards an inner locus of control, meaning that we think that our lives are mainly governed by inner factors, such as our own choices, our own view and our way of handling our emotions. That is why we have countless therapists, coaches etc., and countless books and magazines, which all aim at helping us to be better at helping ourselves. Muslim culture and especially Islam is strongly characterized by outer locus of control. Everything happens “Inshallah”; almost every aspect of life is regulated by Islamic law, the brutal sharia that steals away so many human rights from the people living under it; male authorities – fathers, big brothers, uncles, imams, etc. – make the rules and have enormous power over especially the women. There is very little room for personal choices and freedoms, and this naturally creates a feeling of outer locus of control: Your life is created by outside factors, and the freedom to explore and train inner locus of control is very limited. This is also the reason for the world famous, and – from a Western perspective – embarrassing and childish victim mentality, that characterizes many Muslim communities and immigrants. When this victim mentality meets with our Western compassion and questions like “what would you like to do”, integration is doomed to fail. Only now Western authorities are beginning to learn that we need to meet Muslim immigrants with demands, consequences – “you have to do this and that and this is the consequences if you do not.” People with outer locus of control mostly have very little control and needs clear communication, a clear frame work and clear consequences if they break the rules. But even though we are starting to realize this now, it might be too late to stop the failed integration of millions of people from this very different culture from destroying our societies.

The fourth difference concerns tolerance and openness. In the West, being “tolerant and open” is considered a de facto definition of a good person. Hundred years ago, “good persons” went to church every Sunday, while today they stand with #RefugeesWelcome signs on train stations. In Islam, at good person is somebody adhering strictly to the sharia, which is very intolerant and closed – even violent – towards outsiders. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to predict how the meeting between to such different cultures will evolve: As a cultural osmosis, the “open” culture will be consumed by the intolerant culture: The cultural exchange will be a one-way street. This is what is eating up our countries these years in the form of Islamic parallel societies that develop into small Gaza Strips with extreme dense population; radical Islam going viral; poverty, low education and dependence on economic support from outside; and a hostile and violent attitude towards their non-Muslim surroundings: A constant source of aggression that needs constant containment in order not to spill over and into its context.

2) What are the characteristics of Arab culture, as expressed in communication with the Western world?

Nicolai: Arab culture’s, or Muslim culture’s exchange with the Western world is mainly characterized by the Western world trying to contain – or sometime even harvest and exploit it through proxy wars – Muslim aggression. There is very little communication based on the two parties being equal. Instead, the West use appeasement, diplomacy, bribing or bombs in an attempt to tame the constant flow of violence and aggressive imperialism. From the Islamic side, they instinctively have spotted our weaknesses mentioned above, and they are convinced that through the power of their god and through patience and intimidation, they will continue and finish the work that their prophet began one and a half millenium ago and which has already emptied most of the Middle East, North Africa and great parts of Asia from non-Muslims.

3) How can a Muslim change and build a different personality that integrates in the western world?

Well, since this would mean that they would have to adopt a long list of human rights (democracy, freedom of speech, sexuality, religion, etc.) that the sharia punishes with death, it would first and foremost be based on security for those wishing to change. We can start by undermining the sources of the sharia, the imams and the mosques.

4) If they are so different, what are they looking for in Western countries?

Nicolai: Safety, freedom, money and material goods, uniting with their families, and spreading the sharia. Unfortunately, on an average, they give very little back to the countries they enter, and often their concept of freedom is not compatible with human rights and democracy. Of course there are also many Muslims who want to really integrate and embrace our values and rights, but much too often they are stopped by their Islamic surroundings or their own lack of motivation or skills.

5) One who does not integrate – what happens to him? When does he turn into a criminal and when does he run a normal life?

Nicolai: To integrate you need three things. You have to want it, you have to be allowed by you Muslim peers and family, and you have to be able to. Much too few Muslim immigrants, refugees and their descendants manages all three. Because of their intolerant culture, they many have very little or no feeling of commitment and thankfulness towards non-Islamic culture and societies. And if our Western welfare societies provides them with food, money and housing – even if they do not integrate one inch – why should they integrate? And if we let radical imams and mosques spread all over, how can we expect that any attempt on integration into our Wester values will be supported by the Muslim community? And if we do not discriminate between what immigrants we take, and therefore end up with millions of illiterate, uneducated and often inbred migrants, how can we expect that they are able to integrate into our high tech, knowledge-based civilized societies?

6) What often happens in the next generation – in both cases?

Nicolai: The first generation often has a sense of thankfulness to the country receiving them. Statistics show that the following generation are more criminal. Those who really integrates often have to live in fear from the practising Muslims. Some even need police protection.

7) What are the consequences of a failed immigration?

Nicolai: Ultimately it will lead to civil war inside our countries. The point where we could handle this challenge without blood, sweat and tears was passed decades ago. I blame our politicians and media.

8) How can the western world deal with it successfully?

Nicolai: a) Stop Muslim immigration. b) Help refugees in their own region, where they feel home with their culture, language and climate. In this way we can afford to help many more, and not just the young men that are sent here. On top, the refugees will not have to live with the extra traumatization that happens when especially disadvantaged people move to a completely other culture. c) Honorary repatriation for non-citizens who are not self-supporting, speaking the language and law abiding. d) Long prison sentences in prisons outsourced outside Europe to Muslim criminals (so they do not radicalize and intimidate non-Muslim prisoners in national prisons, cheaper). e) Close down every mosque and Islamic organisation that do not actively support democratic values and human rights and which do not openly and pro-actively reject the criminal principles and verses of the Islamic scriptures and of the example of their prophet. f) Integration should be based on demands and consequences. Not complying should lead to honorary repatriation.

9) The protesters against Islam-phobia, what leads them? Are they right and honest, or is it a cover for something deeper?

Nicolai: The greatest islamophobes are to be found among the Muslims themselves. Only fear can lead people to accept such a suppressive system. As one imam said, Islam would have been long gone, had it not been for sharia’s death penalty for apostacy. I think Western protesters against “islamophobia” are either afraid to confront an obviously criminal, sexist and fascist ideology and its intolerant and violent adherents, or they are simply being naive and a modern day version of the “good people”. The violent “anti-fascists” I consider a reincarnation, half joking, of the Inquisition.

10) After the Danish Mohammad cartoon was published in the news – what did you learn from the reactions of both sides (Islamic and western)?

Nicolai: We learned that giving into Muslims demands will just lead to more demands. That we have to find our footing, define our values and borders, and we ready to protect them by any means necessary. And Muslims got aquinted with the concept of Free Speech.

11) What reactions do you get from your writings?

Nicolai: I think many people find that a psychological perspective on the subject helps to understand the dynamics of the situation. I have of course been accused of racism from the Left, but I am no racist. Islam is not a race. It is a weapon of mass destruction (that the CIA have been exploiting for decades) and the greatest enemy of peace, freedom, democracy and human rights. I was born into a Leftist family, and the values that I grew up with – the equality of women, a critical view on the dangerous power of religion, and the freedom for the little guy to speak freely – I consider basic values of the Left. I feel today that I am a Leftist, but somehow the world changed, and today basic Leftist values are, if applied to Islam and Muslim culture, considered “far Right”. I do not care. I am true to myself and wish happiness and freedom for everybody, Muslims and non-Muslims.”

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  1. I cant believe how slow anyone has been in the west to wake up to the trouble they were letting in! I watched as it was embraced in the west all these crazy muslims entering as it took a tipping point of violence to wake most of the west up to what they were really doing! I cant believe how slow people were to knowing how stupid a choice they were making! Westerners were holding on tight to the psychological moor of tolerance way too long in the face of these parasites,I couldnt believe it personally!

  2. Jews want Muslims in the west to exterminate the European. The two world wars of the last century were also about the European being exterminated, and getting Israel established.

      • Did you know Jews were only 15 millions peoples over all the globe. How can15 millions take over a planet. Even 1, 5 billions of muslims will not . Just in their head.

    • I don’t know about the last two world wars, but Zionists and Jewish organizations across Europe, the UK and the USA (with the exception of some few orthodox) ALL WANT MORE MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS TO CRASH OUR BORDERS, and they fiercely demand that Europe “adapt to the new culture,” saying “Europe is too white.” These are common refrains from both Communist and Jewish groups, as is the demand for “diversity.” From what other nations do they demand “diversity”? Is Senegal “too black” for them? Is China “too Chinese” for them? NO. “DIVERSITY” IS A CLEAR ATTACK ON THE PREDOMINANTLY WHITE, CHRISTIAN CULTURE OF EUROPE, THE UK AND THE USA. THAT MAKES IT ***GENOCIDE*** BY THE UNITED NATIONS’ DEFINITION. Scratch a little deeper and the less discrete among these groups will state clearly that the “white race” (their term) is doomed, and that “that is a good thing.” Certainly Cultural Marxists in our schools have gone to great lengths to inculcate a tremendous SELF-LOATHING in the mind of every white child, a sense of UNIQUE GUILT for all the horrors of colonialism, etc. – when that very colonialism gave other nations the infrastructure and systems of parliamentary government, and often the very language and literature, that they prefer today. Also, ISLAM was practising INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY many centuries before the European slave trade – and it continues to day: 1.7 million black African slaves are held in Mauritania by light-skinned Arab Muslims. Muhammad himself owned and traded black African slaves.

    • I don’t know about the last two world wars, but Zionists and Jewish organizations across Europe, the UK and the USA (with the exception of some few orthodox) ALL WANT MORE MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS TO CRASH OUR BORDERS, and they fiercely demand that Europe “adapt to the new culture,” saying “Europe is too white.” These are common refrains from both Communist and Jewish groups, as is the demand for “diversity.” From what other nations do they demand “diversity”? Is Senegal “too black” for them? Is China “too Chinese” for them? NO. “DIVERSITY” IS A CLEAR ATTACK ON THE PREDOMINANTLY WHITE, CHRISTIAN CULTURE OF EUROPE, THE UK AND THE USA. THAT MAKES IT ***GENOCIDE*** BY THE UNITED NATIONS’ DEFINITION. Scratch a little deeper and the less discrete among these groups will state clearly that the “white race” (their term) is doomed, and that “that is a good thing.” Certainly Cultural Marxists in our schools have gone to great lengths to inculcate a tremendous SELF-LOATHING in the mind of every white child, a sense of UNIQUE GUILT, BASED ON THEIR SKIN COLOR, for all the horrors of colonialism, etc. – when that very colonialism gave other nations the infrastructure and systems of parliamentary government, and often the very language and literature, that they prefer today. Also, ISLAM was practising INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY many centuries before the European slave trade – and it continues to day: 1.7 million black African slaves are held in Mauritania by light-skinned Arab Muslims. Muhammad himself owned and traded black African slaves.

  3. This is a *terrific* article but loses points on grade-school spelling and grammar checks:
    “…makes us more able….” — you’re either able or you’re not. “…makes us better able…” or “increases our ability to….”
    “where , ‘might is right’,” — the first comma is superfluous.
    “either with and shrug (if we disagree) or with a” — either with *a* shrug, etc.
    “or with a ‘I think” — always use “an” before a word starting with a vowel (or soft h)– “or with an ‘I think….”
    “the people living under it;” << should use a colon :
    "and have enormous power over especially the women." < awkward phrasing:
    "and have enormous power, especially over the women." < better phrasing.
    "Islam can not defend, Islam can only attack." < use semicolon instead: "defend; Islam"
    "which all aim at" < suggest: "all aiming at "
    "In Islam, at good person" < "In Islam, a good person"
    "the meeting between to such different cultures" << "two such", or even possibly "too such"
    "one and a half millenium ago and which has already emptied most of the Middle East, North Africa and great parts of Asia from non-Muslims." << millenia (plural), also "Asia of non-Muslims."

    I'm sorry, dude, but if you seriously want anyone *else* to take this otherwise *fantastic* piece of work seriously, you need to get an editor on it *IMMEDIATELY!* I can't read on any further. My brain is rebelling against the 4th grade literacy levels.

    • Richard Silk you are a complete arsehole. It is obvious that Nicolai Sennels’ first language is not English, I would therefore suggest that his knowledge of your first language is a whole lot better than your knowledge of his first language! And I’m guessing, only guessing mind you, that your knowledge of Danish is zero!

    • read : “the secret behind comunism” you’ll know whos behind all this today.

  4. Upon further reading, I’m quite certain that English is not Nicolai’s primary language, so I half-apologize for the grammar critique. On the other hand, I’d be more than happy to be his editor / proofreader for future publications.

    • Nicolai Sennels first language is Danish, he lives in Denmark and believe it or not Danish is still used in Denmark, not everyone has caved and use English. Most people in Denmark speak tolerable English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian and more languages. How many languages do you speak/write Richard Silk? You sound like an arrogant person, you sound like a Moslem.

  5. The irony is that you could easily replace the word “muslim” here for “Israeli”. Israeli culture is just as arrogant, angry, and uncivilized as any Muslim culture.

  6. I don’t know how the writer reached these conclusions. I disagree with most of them, and please don’t try to understand Muslims based on assumptions, have dialogue with them on equality basis to know them better.

    We are also fathers, sons, daughters, mothers. We also want to live peacefully with every one, we also have same needs like every one so why an attempt to make such misleading conclusions.

    Our differences with West are in our life style as we still live in extended families, in whom we think is God and the influence God has on our lives, modesty etcetra. None of these require war between religions.

    • They are not conclusions but psychological and sociological observances. Consequently, you are allowed not to agree with the observances.
      However, what concerns me is that Muslim’s dialogue is usually never a two way street. Muslims feel comfortable when their surroundings conform with the demands of their belief. Assuming it is not provided they form a parallel society with little social interaction with others of different mindsets.
      Muslims have lots of demands but make little or no concession for others.
      Any unmet demands is viewed with hostility by Muslims. Also, the pressure of the Muslim society makes it difficult for an individual to explore other options.
      I still believe that it was a great and objective article which should be shared to a greater audience.

  7. “Muslims” is as indistinct as “Christians.” One could claim all Christians oppose premarital sex and birth control, and decline violence, based on a reading of Catholic doctrine, yet reality suggests otherwise.

    Now, applied to the “Arab” subset of Muslims, this becomes more accurate, but still an overgeneralization.

  8. A good article that shows us the way the thought process of Muslims.
    With Every other community and country making progress in education etc etc with the passage of time, the muslims feel like Fish out of water.
    Add to that the special category of desert wisdom of 6th century with influx of petro dollars and it is a deadly cocktail…..

  9. A group of Muslim scholars must be invited to prove that Islam is a religion. How can it be if it resorts to violence in so many parts of the world so easily? What are the moral standards that Muslims follow? How can we be sure that so many things Muslims do are indeed religiously valid? Muslims will go to any lengths t increase their numbers. There are many Muslims countries in the world because they do everything possible to increase their numbers. Do they not do these out of disrespect for other cultures? Do they respect other cultures? Most important of all how do Muslim scholars justify their claim that Islam, which is more correctly called Mohamedanism, is a religion?

  10. The author is really touching at Muslims’ core values . Hence, it will provoke a cognitive dissonance for many.
    Nicolai Sennels is objective and this article was an excellent read.
    Two thumbs up!

  11. I cannot disagree with anything mentioned above … it leaves a bad taste when they still talk of polygamy and hijab as a cultural pride (men are shameless) applicable to women only … and their women would fight to death to support Islam like there is an incentive for hijab: an American will wear a hijab and show solidarity … ask a hijabi to return the gesture: no way. And their pan-Arabian sense of entitlement that they are special everywhere annoys me. The prophet had a reason to laud Arabia because the man lived there: Arabia is a desert otherwise and don’t harp on it everywhere. The only hope is that Muslims are heterogeneous and we get to experience progressives who can think and say: we certainly could do a lot better than cite their Holy Qu’ran for everything. ISIS has happened for good because Muslims are not spared … they are expected to raise their standards … to conclude, all these must happen within Muslims … they have the maximum jewophobia, christianophobia, hinduphobia, their own nationality phobia, majorityphobia if their country is not one of Islamic heritage. May ISIS make them think …

  12. The Truth about Moderates and Islam 101
    R.S. Mowery IMHO

    Taqiyya.
    Always Taqiyya from these people. Lies and obfuscation to hide their real agenda which is the overthrowing of America. There is NO place for Islam in America.

    Taqiyyah/Taqīyah) as practiced by Barack Obama, is a form of religious dissimulation, or a legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal or blasphemous acts, specially while they are in fear or at risk of significant persecution.

    There is NO place for Islam in America. Islam is a threat to America and the world. It is the sole intent of Islam in America to usurp and control our country. There has NEVER been world peace as long as Islam has survived and the NEVER will be world peace as long as Islam survives. Over a thousand years of BARBARIC Islamic history proves this to be true. Islam has killed HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of INNOCENT people in the name of Mohammed and Islam. The absolute definitions of Religion and Cult express Islam is without a doubt a MURDEROUS CULT by all definition and should be eradicated.

    Islam is a cult the same as Jim Jones, the Rev. Moon and all the other nutcases. The difference here is Islam is a much more violent cult well established in breaking every law of “Crimes Against Humanity” and should be prosecuted by the World Court. The United Nations should bring ALL Islamic Countries CONDONING, SUPPORTING or ALLOWING these atrocities to happen up on charges of “Crimes Against Humanity”!!

    What are crimes against humanity?
    According to the International Criminal Court aka ICC, “Crimes Against Humanity” include any of the following acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:
    murder;
    extermination;
    enslavement;
    deportation or forcible transfer of population;
    imprisonment;
    torture;
    rape,
    sexual slavery,
    enforced prostitution,
    forced pregnancy,
    enforced sterilization,
    or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
    persecution against an identifiable group on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious or gender grounds;
    enforced disappearance of persons;
    the crime of apartheid;
    other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.

    ALL of these are known practices of ANY and ALL Islamic countries!

    When speaking of Islam you have to consider the world appears to be looking at Islam as a righteous religion of peace and all jihadist attacks are done by “radical” Islamists.

    NOTHING could be so far from the truth.

    In actuality, the terrorism is being committed through the “norm” of Islam as it is written in the Quran/Koran and the so called “moderate Muslims” are really “the radicals” by not adhering to the Quran/Koran as written, preached and practiced. Islam by it’s own nature is a “Hate Crime”. Why do the “Moderate” Muslims stand by and watch as the “Radical” Muslims slaughter millions of innocent people?

    The answer is clear.

    “Moderate” Muslims practice the very same religion as the “Radical” Muslim.
    They gather by the hundreds and thousands to watch those that carry out their barbaric religious rituals to cleanse their society of the non-believers and offenders of their faith.
    There is NO difference between a “Radical Muslim and a “Moderate” Muslim. Other than one is the jury and one is the executioner!
    Muslims of ALL sects can not stand by in utter agreement and observance without shared responsibility and guilt!

    That realization puts a whole new light on the truth doesn’t it? It sure does.
    Here again the sheer knowledge of the extreme opposing ideologies demands Islam/Muslims are NOT suitable for acceptance or existence in the United States as stated in the 1952 immigration law. The fallacy that not all Muslims are radicals is juxtaposed with saying not all murderers use guns so they are not murderers.
    ALL Muslims are but one “religious” call away from executing a murderous jihad. Even against fellow Muslims.

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