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War is not inevitable : on the psychology of war and aggression

Author: Henri Parens
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1932 Einstein asked Freud, 'Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war?' Freud answered that war is inevitable because humans have an instinct to self-destroy, a death instinct which we must externalize to survive. But nearly four decades of study of aggression reveal that rather than being an inborn drive, destructiveness is generated in us by experiences of excessive psychic pain. In War is  Read more...
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Parens, Henri, 1928-
War is not inevitable
(DLC) 2014018052
(OCoLC)874969899
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henri Parens
ISBN: 9780739195291 0739195298
OCLC Number: 884725881
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Part I. Freud's answer to Einstein was wrong --
The problem with Freud's answer to Einstein's "why war?" --
Why I say Freud's answer was "wrong" --
Part II. Conscious and unconscious psychological determinants of human conflict --
Human narcissism --
Pathways from narcissism to human conflict --
Determinants of prejudice --
Part III. Reactivities, explanations & rationalizations --
Conflict-causing human reactivities --
Post-conflict human reactivities --
Explanations and rationalizations --
Part IV. What we can do: directions old and new --
What we can do: part 1 --
What we can do: part 2 --
Addendum: Freud's evolving theory of aggression.
Responsibility: Henri Parens.

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In this book, author Henri Parens discusses and documents the core psychodynamics that lead groups to war. Detailing some of the psychodynamics that led from World War I to World War II and their  Read more...

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In War Is Not Inevitable: On the Psychology of War and Aggression, Henri Parens eloquently refutes Freud's death instinct, arguing that it predisposes man to inevitable patterns of self-destruction. Read more...

 
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