Smadar Cohen-Chen, Eran Halperin

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Emotions have been described as the psychological fuel driving and escalating intractable conflicts. The role of emotional processes in intractable conflicts can be studied from two perspectives. The first perspective is a descriptive one, in which scholars examine the crucial role played by individuals’ and groups’ emotional experiences in conflict situations. Here, emotions have been studied as both outcomes (of appraisals) and antecedents (of attitudes and behaviors). The second perspective is an interventionist one, focusing on the way emotional change (or regulation) can promote conciliatory attitudes and behaviors among the conflict’s involved parties. The following chapter offers an integrative model, bringing together both the descriptive and the interventionist approaches. The model encapsulates both the role of emotional experiences in preserving or transforming conflicts, and the potential role of emotion regulation strategies in contributing to conflict resolution efforts.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, Third Edition
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9780197541333
ISBN (Print)9780197541302
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • conflict resolution
  • emotion regulation
  • emotional experience
  • emotions in conflict
  • intractable conflict

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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