AUTHORWhite, Ralph K., Ed.
TITLEPsychology and the Prevention of Nuclear War: A Book of Readings
PUBLISHERNew York University Press
CITYNew York, NY

The essays in this edited book concern the intersection of psychological analytical techniques and the prevention of nuclear war and holocaust. Included are essays discussing psychological obstacles to understanding and preventing nuclear war (“psychic numbing”) and an analysis of statements made by American and Soviet children and adolescents concerning the possibility of nuclear war. Also included are essays on basic psychological principles (motivation, perception, and personality) and how they are related to the causes and prevention of war. Additionally, contributors discuss two models of conflict—armed deterrence and tension reduction—as well as two levels of prevention—the government and the citizen levels—and how those levels lead to actions to prevent war. The editor, Ralph White, drew together contributors from a multitude of fields, including law, education, political science, psychology, and psychiatry.

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