The Psychology of War: Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Jan 1, 2002 - History - 173 pages
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Our wars have become more lethal, yet the affinity for war hasn't changed. Why? As the entire world anticipates a lengthy war against terrorism, this intriguing study provides a new understanding of why people fight wars so frequently and ferociously. Former military psychologist Lawrence LeShan's piercing analysis reveals why war is often chosen over more peaceful solutions, and why it is so easy to get into a war and so hard to get out. Can peace be planned? How can we devise an "early warning system" for war? Are some government structures more prone to war than others?
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Human Attraction to War
21
War and the Perception of Reality
33
Alternate Realities and Human Behavior
43
Mythic and Sensory Wars
59
War and the Psychological Needs of the Individual
71
War and Governmental Behavior The FormFunction Hypothesis
99
A Beginning
107
A Classification System for SelfDestructive Behaviors
127
Notes
143
INDEX
165
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