By Peter T. Coleman
Commemorating Morton Deutsch’s ninety fifth birthday, this publication offers ten significant texts by means of this hugely revered social psychologist on struggle and peace. This moment quantity offers Deutsch in his function as a number one social technology activist on problems with conflict and peace – writing papers, making speeches and collaborating in demonstrations. After serving within the U.S. Air strength in the course of international battle II and being provided distinctive Flying move medals, as a psychologist he was resolute to paintings for a extra peaceable international. prompted via Kurt Lewin, who believed that not anything was once as useful as a very good concept, Deutsch pursued theoretical paintings on such concerns as cooperation-competition, clash solution and social justice in regards to problems with conflict and peace. As President of the Society for the research of Peace, clash and Violence, the Society for the mental research of Social matters and the foreign Society of Political Psychology, he helped to foster social technology efforts to make for a extra peaceable international.
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Obviously, one of the great dangers of our era is that a small group of men have the power to create a nuclear holocaust. Even a 3 See pp. xxx–xxx of the present volume. See James (1911). 5 See Brunswick (1952). 6 War is vastly overrated as an outlet for direct aggressiveness; it does not compare with the directness of reckless automobile driving, boxing match, or a football game. War is deﬁned to be such a good outlet only because of our cultural conditioning: the military toys, children are given to play with; the identiﬁcation of heroism and bravery with war in so many novels, television dramas, and ﬁlms that we all are exposed to; the deﬁnition of patriotism in military tcflH I in so many of our public ceremonials and holidays, and so forth.
2 Characteristics of the Malignant Social Process 21 warning” is the culmination of the escalating, competitive “game of strategy” being played by the superpowers in which each side has initiated moves to improve its strategic position without adequate recognition of how the other would be forced to respond and without positive concern for what would happen to the strategic position of the other. 9 Gamesmanship What is so psychologically seductive about nuclear weapons and hypothetical nuclear war scenarios that strategists and decision makers in both superpowers are drawn to them like moths to a flame?
Conflict is more likely to take the form of lively controversy rather than deadly quarrel when the disputants respect themselves as well as each other. The process of reforming another, of inducing an opponent to adhere to fair rules of competition, often requires self-reform. The achievement of a sincere peace will require a sincere, sustained effort by both sides. , 1983: The Prevention of World War III: A Psychological Perspective. in: Political Psychology, 4 (1): 3–31. 1 Introduction I shall assume the truth of the following propositions1: 1.