The Psychology of Intractable Conflicts: Eruption, Escalation, and Peacemaking

Daniel Bar-Tal, Eran Halperin

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The chapter, focusing on the macro-level psychological analysis, aims to describe the unique nature of intractable conflicts and delineate their major societal emotional-cognitive-behavioral processes, as well as the evolved sociopsychological repertoire that fuels them, and the processes that are involved in resolving them peacefully. This goal is achieved by analyzing the course of intractable conflict and its peaceful resolution via its three main phases: eruption of intractable conflict, its escalation and management, and its de-escalation and movement towards peacemaking. Additionally, the chapter strives to make this analysis within a conceptual framework that focuses on the interrelationship between the context and the collective psychological state of society members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology
EditorsLeonie Huddy, David O. Sears, Jack S. Levy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199760107
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2013


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