IDI Members Dr. Vamik Volkan and Dr. Jerry Fromm on why the underdeveloped “capacity to speak of feelings” is essential to conflict resolution efforts. From the article:
Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders seem to remain forever in limbo, effectively leaving the Israeli and Palestinian people, and the generations to come, in limbo as well. Considering the recent escalation of tensions – for example, the stabbings in Jerusalem – the stalled talks are a tragedy waiting to happen, as more young people become galvanized into accepting prevailing narratives due to rage or despair. Alternatively, it may be an opportunity for something different to develop.
Viewing this situation from a psycho-political angle could offer a perspective, perhaps even a methodology, which may be able to contribute to understanding and working differently with this and other intractable conflicts.
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