The Nature of Hate by Robert J. SternbergThe Nature of Hate by Robert J. Sternberg

The Nature of Hate

byRobert J. Sternberg, Karin Sternberg

Paperback | April 28, 2008

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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 discusses hate in the context of interpersonal relationships. Then it surveys the role of propaganda in inciting hate. Next it analyzes the role of hate in instigating terrorism, massacres, and genocides. Finally, it discusses possible cures for hate.
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 (Psycholog...
Title:The Nature of HateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 28, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521721792

ISBN - 13:9780521721790

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Table of Contents

1. The problem: the role of hate in the world; 2. Definitions and theories of hate; 3. The duplex theory of hate I: the triangular theory of the structure of hate; 4. The duplex theory of hate II: a story-based theory of the development of hate; 5. Interpersonal relationships - love-hate; 6. The role of propaganda in instigating hate; 7. Application of the duplex theory of hate to massacres, genocide, and terrorism; 8. Are there any cures for hate?

Editorial Reviews

"...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