Emotion Regulation in Intractable Conflicts

James J. Gross, Eran Halperin, Roni Porat

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It has long been apparent that negative emotions play a central role in intractable conflicts. Only recently, however, have scholars begun to use methods from affective science to test whether emotion regulation strategies can be used to influence conflict-related emotions in a way that would facilitate conflict resolution. To provide the context for this work, we begin by considering the roles emotions play in intractable conflicts. Next, we discuss how emotion regulation might be relevant to intractable conflicts, with a particular focus on cognitive reappraisal. We then review recent studies, conducted mainly in the context of the Middle East conflict, which suggest that cognitive reappraisal may be able to reduce negative emotions and promote public support for peaceful policies. We conclude by describing future challenges and opportunities for research in this area.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • cognitive reappraisal
  • emotion regulation
  • intractable conflicts


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