The Nature of Hate

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Overview

What is hate and why is there so much of it? How does it originate, and what can we do about it? These are some of the questions addressed in The Nature of Hate. This book opens with a discussion of how hate makes its presence felt in the real world. Then it discusses various definitions and theories of hate. Next, it describes a duplex (two-part) theory of hate. According to the first part of the theory, hate has three components: negation of intimacy, passion, and commitment. According to the second part of the theory, this structure of hate originates from stories people create about the target that, say, a group comprises enemies of God, or monsters, or vermin, or power-crazy tyrants, or any of a number of other stories. The book also discusses hate in the context of interpersonal relationships and surveys the connection of propaganda and hate. The role of hate in instigating terrorism, massacres, and genocides is analyzed, and possible cures for hate are discussed.

About the Author:
Robert J. Sternberg is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and Adjunct Professor of Education at Tufts University

About the Author:
Karin Sternberg is Research Associate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, the School of Public Health, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University

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"...compact, scholarly, and highly readable volume...The reader is presented with a diverse and compelling panorama of contexts of hate—political, historical, military, terrorist, and in personal relationships and many others. The basic conceptual perspective of The Nature of Hate is social psychological, but the focus is broad scaled. Stylistically, the book is aimed at a general audience...This book could certainly serve as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate class or graduate seminar, complemented with journal research articles. It is relatively brief...engagingly written...intriguing and insightful..."
--Arthur G. Miller, PsycCRITIQUES
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521721790
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,038,592
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sternberg is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and Adjunct Professor of Education at Tufts University. He is also Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, and past president of the American Psychological Association. Sternberg is the author of about 1,200 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and books.

Karin Sternberg is Research Associate at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative of the School of Public Health and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. She is co-editor of the book The New Psychology of Love as well as of the book Psychologen im Beruf: Anforderungen, Chancen und Perspektiven (Psychology as a Profession: Demands, Chances, and Perspectives).

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
The Problem: The Role of Hate in the World     1
Definitions and Theories of Hate     15
The Duplex Theory of Hate I: The Triangular Theory of the Structure of Hate     51
The Duplex Theory of Hate II: A Story-Based Theory of the Development of Hate     78
Interpersonal Relationships - Love-Hate     110
The Role of Propaganda in Instigating Hate     125
Application of the Duplex Theory of Hate to Massacres, Genocide, and Terrorism     165
Are There Any Cures for Hate?     197
Triangular Hate Scale     217
References     219
Author Index     235
Subject Index     239
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