The Psychology of War: Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness

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Noble Press, Incorporated, 1992 - History - 163 pages
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LeShan tells how perceptions of war are managed by "mythicizing" rulers and propagandists. Using last year's Persian Gulf War as a touchstone, he illustrates how, in order to alter our perceptions of war and warfare, we have to adjust our perception of its "reality". "How good it would be if every legislator and cabinet member read and took to heart the practical suggestions . . . LeShan has for making peace planning as potent as war planning".--Hugh Downs.

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Human Attraction to War
21
War and the Perception of Reality
33
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About the author (1992)

Lawrence LeShan is a psychologist, educator, and author or co-author of eleven books, including "The Psychology of War"; "The Medium, The Mystic, and The Physicist" (both with Helios Press); and the popular "How to Meditate". He has worked as clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher for more than 50 years, including six years of psychological service in the U.S. Army. He holds a M. S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago and has taught at Roosevelt University, Pace College, and the New School for Social Research, among other. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the United States, and Israel, and his books have been translated into eleven languages. He lives in New York City.

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