Israel's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, 2008

There is a growing literature that suggests that not only individuals, but social institutions, can suffer from PTSD. Particularly troublesome for the social institutions of a society suffering from epidemic levels of these disorders are these symptoms - hyper-vigilance, emotional numbing, denial and avoidance, seeing the world in black and white, magical thinking, and apocalyptic thinking. How better to describe the crippling of peace processes, time and again. Perhaps healing this wound is a precondition to peace.

Topic: Justice, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Mental Health, Conflict Resolution, Israeli-Arab Conflict, Discourse and Dialogue, Peace

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Coverage: Israel , Palestinian Territories

Language: English

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Fein, Leonard. Israel's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jewish Daily Forward. Forward Association. 2008:


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