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The War Hotel. Psychological Dynamics in Violent Conflict

  • ID: 2248747
  • Book
  • 328 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Human Nature is the fuel of violent conflict. The War Hotel looks at how we get aroused and how we get silenced into violent conflict. We are pulled apart in the name of justice and loyalty. Past trauma is triggered into a replay. Out of love and longing to step beyond the ordinary world, we sacrifice ourselves and others.

Dehumanizing the enemy, disinformation, torture, stirring fear in order to crack down – these terror tactics, too, are based in psychology. The manipulation of psychological dynamics to create violent conflict is distressing. But, if our emotions and behaviour are the fuel, then our awareness can impact world events. There is something truly hopeful here. Awareness makes a difference.

Examples draw particularly from the author′s work in the Balkans. Other examples include Nazi Germany, Rwanda, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Communism and its fall in Europe, South Africa, the treatment of Native Americans and African Americans in the USA, Vietnam and the ′war on terror′.

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About the author.


Introduction: Welcome to ′The War Hotel′.

Part 1: Justice and the Wheels of History.

Chapter 1.In the name of justice.

Chapter 2. Suffering, privilege and being right.

Chapter 3. Tribunals, Truth Commissions, lustration and community forums.

Chapter 4. Accountability and return to the Ganges.

Part 2: Terror and the Spirit that Survives.

Chapter 5. Terror.

Chapter 6. Terror tactic: chaos and crackdown.

Chapter 7. Terror tactic: the Bogeyman and demonizing.

Chapter 8. Terror tactic: dehumanization.

Chapter 9. Terror tactic: desensitization and normalization.

Chapter 10. Terror tactic: targeting leaders.

Chapter 11. Terror tactic: torture, breaking body and spirit.

Chapter 12. Terror tactic: targeting the soul of community.

Chapter 13. Terror tactic: disinformation.

Chapter 14. Beyond Terror.

Part 3: Trauma – The Nightmare of History.

Chapter 15. Our story – the dynamics of trauma.

Chapter 16. Trauma and refuge.

Chapter 17. Replays of violent conflict and breaking the cycle.

Part 4: The Warrior′s Call – Altered States of War.

Chapter 18. Beyond the ordinary.

Chapter 19. With the field.

Chapter 20. Over the edge.

Chapter 21. Cutting through.

Part 5: Wareness at the Hot Spot.

Chapter 22. Wake up.

Chapter 23. Chaos, warfare and conflict resolution.

Chapter 24. Getter back in bed together – an awareness revolution.

Chapter 25. Hot spots and the difference that makes a difference.




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Arlene Audergon
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