CHAPTER TWELVE

EMOTION AND CONFLICT

Why It Is Important to Understand How Emotions Affect Conflict and How Conflict Affects Emotions

Evelin G. Lindner

How do emotion and conflict interact? This chapter begins with two introductory examples—one international and one personal.

Adolf Hitler was obsessed with bemoaning the weakness of Germany already during World War I. But he was a loner without any influence. It was only later that his obsessions began to resonate with the feelings of other people, particularly with die kleinen Leute, as they were called in Germany, or “the little people,” “the powerless.” He invited everybody to join in a grand narrative of national humiliation and invest their personal grievances, including those they suffered ...

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