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Pseudospeciation in the Nuclear Age
Erik H. Erikson
Vol. 6, No. 2, Special Issue: A Notebook on the Psychology of the U.S.-Soviet Relationship (Jun., 1985), pp. 213-217
Published by: International Society of Political Psychology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3790901
Page Count: 5
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This paper uses the author's concept of pseudospeciation to analyze the potential destructiveness of intergroup/international conflict in the nuclear age. Pseudospeciation, which is fueled by historical and cultural experience, creates a false sense of unique identity in groups and ignores the genetic integrity of the human species. Acceptance of this real integrity combined with the ever-expanding understanding of psychosocial processes provides the means for broadening the concept of identity throughout the human species. Such a wider sense of identity includes not only empathy for others but also willingness to recognize our own otherness.
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