Forgiveness for the Benefit of the Forgiver
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Post No.: 0335   Furrywisepuppy says:   Forgiveness is the ability to make peace without prejudice when things don’t go your way or when people don’t do what you want them to do. It’s a step towards the acceptance of … Read More

If More Women Were in Power
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Post No.: 0330   Fluffystealthkitten says:   It’s utterly, empathically and categorically indisputable that behind every great man there is a great woman!   …But would it be even better if more women were in front – in more leadership … Read More

Suspicion as a Cause of Division
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Post No.: 0310   Furrywisepuppy says:   Groups that don’t interact much with each other will sometimes hold presumptions and suspicions about each other due to racial, religious or other perceived stereotypes. Groups may even erroneously presume that other groups … Read More

Foreign Fighters Drawn to a Conflict
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Post No.: 0298   Furrywisepuppy says:   Regarding extremist or fundamentalist group recruitment from a foreign country (e.g. British civilians being drawn to and deciding to get involved in the Syrian Civil War, which started in 2011) – there are … Read More

Implicit Biases and Covert Racism
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Post No.: 0280   Furrywisepuppy says:   When talking about racism, to generalise too far from specific individual cases is to be racist, whether you, for instance, want to kill ‘any’ black person just because ‘a’ black person raped someone … Read More

When Affective Empathy Fails
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Post No.: 0271   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Affective empathy (as in mirroring the emotions of another person) drives compassion because we’ll adopt another person’s perspective and interests. For example, if we see someone suffering, we’ll vicariously mirror that suffering too, … Read More

Being Polite, and Serving and Saving Face
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Post No.: 0266   Furrywisepuppy says:   All cultures incorporate politeness but their norms – such as when, where and to what extent they are applied – can be very different. The context matters too – for instance, people are … Read More

True Altruism Exists and it Evolved for a Reason
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Post No.: 0260   Furrywisepuppy says:   Altruism is a motive to increase another’s welfare without conscious regard for one’s self-interests. Some believe that altruism is only a thinly-veiled self-interested behaviour where people will only help other people after doing … Read More

Understanding the Minds of Bullies
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Post No.: 0228   Furrywisepuppy says:   Bullies cannot raise themselves up (or at least they don’t think they can) so their primary strategy is to attempt to put others down. And those who are already down or seem ‘weaker’ … Read More

Settling Our Differences Via Principled Negotiation
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Post No.: 0215   Furrywisepuppy says:   We often go to war because the will, influence and decisions of a few (i.e. politicians or generals) will sway or override the will of the many, where such political decisions or initial … Read More

Labels and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
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Post No.: 0207   Furrywisepuppy says:   A ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ places a label upon another person, or upon oneself, and in turn leads them, or one, directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously, to act in a way that supports and … Read More

Deeply Intertwined Economies for Global Peace
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Post No.: 0191   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Countries that are economically open and tied with each other reduce the likelihood of those countries going to war with each other. Countries that are open-bordered, are trading freely and internationally, with foreign … Read More

Stop Dehumanising People
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Post No.: 0178   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Dehumanisation’ is when someone/a group of people is/are intentionally (via propaganda, such as by using debasing labels for people from outgroups) or unintentionally (via unconscious implicit biases) presented as less than human (e.g. … Read More

Determining the General Profile of Terrorists
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Post No.: 0165   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In ‘the West’, many of us have a highly skewed perception of where the vast majority of terrorist incidents occur in the world (it isn’t in North America or Europe – check out … Read More

Deindividuation and Anonymity
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Post No.: 0150   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Deindividuation’ is when individuals, within group situations, do not feel that they stand out as individuals and do not see or pay attention to themselves as individuals. This loss of self-awareness can lead … Read More

Sweet But Psychopaths
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Post No.: 0140   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Psychopathy is on one end of a continuous spectrum of personality traits, which means that these traits are not ‘all or nothing’ and almost all of us exhibit some of these traits but … Read More

Taking Your Frustration Out on Others
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Post No.: 0131   Furrywisepuppy says:   Do you think you’re only ever angry with other people because they’ve directly annoyed you, yet other people are often only angry with you because they’re taking something else out on you?   … Read More

Interdependence is the Mother of Peace
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Post No.: 0125   Furrywisepuppy says:   As of posting, and consistently for many years now according to annual surveys – some of the happiest countries in the world are Nordic countries. Many factors influence the average happiness levels of … Read More

Acts of Aggression Just Beget More Acts of Aggression
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Post No.: 0111   Furrywisepuppy says:   Hostile aggression springs from anger or hostility – so being in a ‘hot’ state and acting in the heat of the moment. When angry, we usually lose perspective and may say or do … Read More

Some Risk and Protective Factors Regarding Violence
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Post No.: 0087   Furrywisepuppy says:   Violence can be physical, sexual or psychological, and between individuals, groups or self-directed. This post will mainly be concerned with physical violence between individuals, although the above categories often overlap (e.g. physical and … Read More

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