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

Clarifying Empathy and Compassion
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Post No.: 0059   Furrywisepuppy says:   Empathy could be the key to peace and harmony. A lack of empathy is associated with prejudice, aggression, bullying, rape and abusive parenting, to name just a few things that are generally undesirable … Read More

A Game of Tit-For-Tat, With a Cooperative First Move
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Post No.: 0035   Furrywisepuppy says:   In the field of game theory and iterated (repeated) games (which more closely resemble real life than one-off played games because in real life you often have to deal with those you’ve righted … Read More

True Confidence is Calm
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Post No.: 0029   Furrywisepuppy says:   Genuinely strong, confident and courageous people are calm, gentle and welcoming – they are not easily provoked, don’t provoke aggression or feel the need to overtly posture against other people in order to … Read More

If You Fear the Unknown Then Get to Know It!
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Post No.: 0024   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Most of us fear or worry about the unknown or the uncertain. Some of our greatest fears tend to be ones that exist solely or mainly in our own anticipations, assumptions or imaginations … Read More

Maybe They Should Be Called ‘Strongs’ Not Weeds?
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Post No.: 0006   Furrywisepuppy says:   I don’t know why plant weeds are called ‘weeds’ because they are generally hardier than ‘regular plants’ – they can grow in the toughest environments and can be very fast-growing and fast-spreading. But … Read More

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