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Violence, the fragile ego, and the peaceful self

Velmans, Max. 2012. Violence, the fragile ego, and the peaceful self. GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies, 1(1), pp. 111-121. ISSN 2249-2240 [Article]

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This paper gives a brief introduction to various categories of violence along with some of their biological, socio-cultural, psychological and existential causes, for example violent responses to frustrated needs or desires of the kind specified by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The paper goes on to examine some of the basic principles for ameliorating violence. It then considers a special case of violence associated with fundamentalist beliefs, arguing that these can be understood as a form of destructive self-transcendence, that can ultimately only be remedied by the genuine self-actualization and self-transcendence required for a peaceful self.

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Psychology

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2012Published

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26070

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20 Mar 2019 09:58

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20 Mar 2019 09:58

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26070

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