Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

The original idea for this book came from my adviser and mentor, Philip Zimbardo. Having been an editor for a series in psychology, he thought it might be a good idea for me to write a comprehensiveand cohesive book on political psychology and international relarelations. I thank him now for the inspiration, among many other gifts. I thought about it for a while, but it was ...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-20

The events of September 11 profoundly shook the sense of personal security previously experienced by most Americans. In the light of the terrorist attacks, many of the questions and concerns that circulated in the media and in private conversations focused on the motivations of those involved. Why would someone do something so horrible? How might a ...

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2. Forms of Methodology in Political Psychology

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pp. 21-44

Before studying a particular person, event, or issue in political psychology, scholars must think systematically about how to investigate the topic of interest. There is a wide variety of methods available from both the psychological as well as the political science traditions. Methodology continues to be important because it helps to shape and focus the kinds ...

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3. Theoretical Concepts in Political Psychology

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pp. 45-75

This chapter will survey some of the dominant theories from both political science and psychology that are used in the study of political psychology. Theoretical ideas, like methodologies formats, provide yet another area of somewhat patchwork overlap between political and psychological ideas and interests. These theories are important for understanding the questions...

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4. Cognitions and Attitudes: What We Think We Know and Why

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pp. 77-117

When someone asks you what you think about something, or why you did something, you can usually come up with a ready opinion or reason. Most people are pretty sure they know what they think about things that are important to them, and why. But what if we were wrong a lot of the time? What if the true reasons behind many of our beliefs and behavior are hidden, even ...

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5. Behavior: Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

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pp. 119-152

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, most Americans gained a new appreciation and sensitivity about what the behavior of a few committed individuals can accomplish. After the attacks, political leaders, the media, and ordinary citizens wondered collectively how and ...

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6. Emotion: Why Do We Love to Hate?

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pp. 152-187

Emotion provides powerful experiences in our lives. We feel happiness when we are in love or have positive experiences like getting a great job or having a healthy baby. We can feel enormous anguish in the face of trials such as abuse, addiction, illness, betrayal, financial troubles, death, or unemployment. Our emotions serve to guide us through life, offering powerful...

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7. Psychobiography

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pp. 189-213

In the early history of political psychology, a great deal of work was conducted in the area of psychobiography. Some might argue that psychobiography encompasses a special kind of method more than a particular kind of content. Yet most psychobiographies present a psychological approach to political actors. Psychobiography constitutes a particular subset of biography, or life history, that explicitly uses ...

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8. Leadership

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pp. 215-238

Would World War II have happened were it not for Hitler? Would there have been a nuclear exchange if someone other than Kennedy had been president or someone other than Khrushchev had been head of the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis? How might the world be different if Nixon had won in 1960, or if Gore had carried the electoral college ...

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9. Group Processes

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pp. 239-260

Most of the emphasis in psychology focuses on individual behavior, and the majority of this book has concentrated on processes that occur within the individual. But many times individuals do not make their decisions alone but rather in the company of others, where group dynamics can exert an impact on the process and outcome of decision making. Group ...

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10. Conclusions

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pp. 261-273

Tragic events like those of September 11 give renewed urgency to the importance of understanding various sources of conflict and undertaking strategies to enforce peace and security. Understanding alone will not ameliorate all violence. But understanding in concert with effective action can begin to provide individuals with guidance and some sense of ...

References

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pp. 275-298

Index

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pp. 299-310