The Role of Implicit Theories about Groups

Eran Halperin

James J. Gross

Carol S. Dweck

In most cases, intractable conflicts are based on real disagreements over concrete issues, such as territory or natural resources. These real issues must, of course, be addressed in conflict resolution. Yet it is well known that even when these real disagreements can be resolved, the conflicts often drag on because of powerful psychological barriers (Ross and Ward, 1995).

Psychological barriers to conflict resolution, such as intergroup hatred or a one-sided view of the history of the conflict, often impede progress toward peaceful settlement of conflicts. They stand as obstacles to beginning negotiations, ...

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