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Preface
I. The Beast Within
Objectives
Introduction
How Primitive Are Our Brains?
War among Humankind’s Ancestors
Differences in Aggression between Males and Females
The Mental Mechanics of Aggression
Limits on the Beast
Put Down the Marshmallow or You May Kill Again
The Innate Capacity for Peace
Conclusion
II. Taking Sides
“Minor differences”
Shibboleths: From the Old Testament to No Smoking
Identification Mechanism
Who I Am Is Not You
Group Formation Through Conflict
Enemies and Scapegoats
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Collective Psychology
The Purpose-Driven Strife
Family at Arms
Euphoria and War Addiction
The Simple Life
War as Fantasy
“If I look at the mass I will never act.”66
III. A Soldier’s Story
A Soldier’s Conscience
Non-Firers Throughout History
Civil War Muskets
A Soldier’s Fear
The War Inside: Psychiatric Casualties
The Weight of It
A Soldier’s Distance
Physical Distance and the Use of Lethal Force
Authority and Obedience
At One with the Crowd
The Language of Combat (Shhh… don’t say “people.”)
Vengeance and Moral Distance
The Stress Mechanism
Conscience at a Distance
Soldier 2.0
The Child Soldier
The Soldier Who Wants to Die
The Soldier as Peacekeeper
Battlemind
The New Normal
War Zone Stress Reactions
Excessive Anger and Adrenaline Addiction
Guilt
Depression and Traumatic Grief
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Physical Wounds
Treating the Mentally Maimed
Keeping Cost in Mind
Works Consulted
About the Author
About the Editors
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Psychology of War Resource

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