A cultural press for peace

Israel W. Charny*

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In this chapter, the author considers some such ways in which psychotherapists’ psychotherapeutic science might contribute to a cultural press for peace even at the stage of knowledge and theory presently available to them. He aims to develop ideas towards this goal on two levels. These are: on the level of basic psychological principles that could be infused into the very lifestream of our cultures, and hence into the machinery for everyday human experiencing of species; and on the level of several illustrative psycho-educational projects which embody the principles in efforts with target groups in the community of man. The larger goal of psychological science is to contribute to the evolution of a culture-wide consciousness of man’s capacity to choose and affirm life over death. Often teachers of history speak to pupils routinely and all too matter-of-factly of so many human beings who were killed in the war of such-and-such.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrategies Against Violence
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Nonviolent Change
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781000241402
ISBN (Print)9780367288907
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


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