The Psychology of Hate

Pages: 263
Item #: 4318017
ISBN: 978-1-59147-184-4
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Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Hate is among the most powerful of human emotions—it has caused great sorrow and suffering—and yet it has been understudied by psychologists.

After the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis in World War II, the expression "Never Again" became a familiar refrain. Yet, during the last half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the current decade, society has witnessed staggering numbers of brutal and hateful acts.

News sources are filled with reports of Palestinians attacking Jews and Jewish settlers attacking Palestinians, white supremacist groups murdering members of minority groups, religious zealots killing doctors who perform abortions, teenagers violently clashing with their classmates, genocide in Rwanda and mass killing in Bosnia, and the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. These are not random or sudden bursts of irrationality, but rather, carefully planned and orchestrated acts of violence and killing. Underlying these events is a widespread and hazardous human emotion: hate.

The Psychology of Hate is a ground-breaking book that brings together experts on the psychology of hate to present their diverse viewpoints in a single volume. The contributors address a set of questions that include: How do you conceptualize hate and what evidence is there for this conceptualization? What do you see as the role of hate in terrorism, massacres, and genocides? How can hate be assessed?

In addition, this volume provides concrete suggestions for how to combat hate, and attempts to understand the minds both of those who hate and those who are hated.

Table of Contents



  1. From Plato to Putnam: Four Ways to Think About Hate
    —Edward B. Royzman, Clark McCauley, and Paul Rozin
  2. Understanding and Combating Hate
    —Robert J. Sternberg
  3. The Origins and Evolution of Hate, With Notes on Prevention
    —Ervin Staub
  4. A Cognitive Perspective on Hate and Violence
    —Aaron T. Beck and James Pretzer
  5. Roots of Hate, Violence, and Evil
    —Roy F. Baumeister and David A. Butz
  6. The Diminution of Hate Through the Promotion of Positive Individual–Context Relations
    —Richard M. Lerner, Aida Bilalbegovic Balsano, Rumeli Banik, and Sophie Naudeau
  7. Hate, Conflict, and Moral Exclusion
    —Susan Opotow
  8. On Hate and Its Determinants: Some Affective and Cognitive Influences
    —Leonard Berkowitz
  9. Genocidal Hatred: Now You See It, Now You Don't
    —David Moshman
  10. On the Nature of Prejudice: The Psychological Foundations of Hate
    —John F. Dovidio, Samuel L. Gaertner, and Adam R. Pearson
  11. Hate Is the Imitation of Love
    —C. Fred Alvord


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Reviews & Awards

The stature of the contributors and the comprehensive nature of the discussion ensure that this book will be an important work in this area for some time to come. Summing Up: Essential.
—Choice Magazine

This book boldly leads the way in facilitating new ideas for research as well as offering novel theories and concepts in order to enhance our understanding of the psychology of hate.
—Doody Enterprises, Inc.