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Israel on the Couch
The Psychology of the Peace Process
Israel on the Couch
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Ofer Grosbard - Author
Vamik D. Volkan - Foreword by
SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Price: $65.50 
Hardcover - 216 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5605-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5605-7

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Paperback - 216 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5606-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5606-4

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Applies clinical pyschology to explain the dynamics of the Middle East peace process.

By applying a clinical psychologist's insight into the Israeli-Arab conflict, Ofer Grosbard lays the foundation for a new theory and practice that espouses the use of clinical tools to promote relations between countries, religions, political parties, cultures, and different identities.

“His book is a welcome contribution, inviting us to think ‘outside the box,’ in new categories, giving us hope of some positive outcome (however far off it might be) rather than simply reinforcing us in our stereotypes and opinions.” — Manna

"In this refreshingly provocative work, Ofer Grosbard, a scholar of great renown in his country, has contributed to the pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace in a unique way: by marrying the fields of psychoanalysis and politics. Through a study of statements, emotions, and perceptions, he helps his 'patients'—Israelis and Arabs—understand how their words and deeds not only affect the perceptions of the 'other side,' but also how they reveal their own true goals and unspoken intentions. With so many politicians, diplomats, and political scientists trying, without much success, to make the Middle East more hospitable to peacemaking, it may be time to let the psychoanalysts have a chance." — Robert Satloff, Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

"An extraordinary, probing, and arresting analysis of root causes of the enduring Arab-Israeli stalemate, seen through the perspective of clinical psychology. Ofer Grosbard's book provides many powerful insights for policy makers, negotiators, and all would-be peacemakers, if only they can, or will, listen." — Samuel W. Lewis, former U. S. Ambassador to Israel and former President, U. S. Institute of Peace

Ofer Grosbard was born in Israel and is a practicing clinical psychologist in the United States. He is the author of A License for Insanity and Arab in His Heart, winner of Book of the Year 2000 by the Hebrew Writers' Association.


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Vamik D. Volkan

Preface

Introduction

1. The Jewish People

2. The Dynamic of the Peace Process

The Peace Process: A Business Negotiation or an Emotional Bond?
The Peace Process as a Process of Emotional Growth
Emotional Resistance to the Peace Process
The Whole World Is Against Us
Denial of Aggression and Fear, and Its Price
Is Our Sense of Reality Valid?

3. The Stories We Tell Ourselves, and the World, about Ourselves

The National Anthem

4. Foreign Affairs

Syria
Lebanon
The Palestinian Refugees
A Palestinian State
Murderers or Heroes?

5. The Arabs and Us—an Intersubjective Approach

Arab Insult
Arab Thinking
Speaking to Arabs

6. The Nonconventional Threat

Postscript

Index



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