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Talk Halperin - Lecture Series

Direct and Indirect Emotion Regulation in Intractable Conflicts: A New Path for Conflict Resolution


Prof. Eran Halperin

IDC, Herzliya


Intractable conflicts pose a great challenge to both humanity and science. The crucial role played by intergroup emotions in conflict dynamics has long been asserted in the field of conflict resolution. Therefore, regulating emotions in order to change attitudes and behaviour towards promoting peace is vital. In my talk I describe and review empirical work focusing on two ways by which emotions can be regulated in intractable conflicts. One way to transform emotions is to use established emotion regulation strategies to change intergroup emotional experiences, and subsequently political positions. Here, we directly ask people to regulate their emotions and provide them both with emotion regulation skills and with emotion regulation motivation. However, the use of direct emotion regulation may pose challenges in its application outside the laboratory, and especially among those who lack the motivation to regulate their emotions. Thus, sometimes there is a need to indirectly regulate people’s emotions, by indirectly providing  concrete cognitive appraisals, leading to attitude change by transforming discrete emotions. Discoveries have both theoretical and practical implications regarding emotion regulation in intractable conflicts, thus promoting attitudes so critical for peace making.


References & Reading Material:

- Porat, R., Halperin, E., Tamir, M. (in press). What we want is what we get: Group-based emotional preferences and conflict resolution. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

- Eran Halperin, Smadar Cohen-Chen & Amit Goldenberg (2014) Indirect emotion regulation in intractable conflicts: A new approach to conflict resolution, European Review of Social Psychology, 25:1, 1-31

- Goldenberg, A., Halperin, E., van Zomeren, M., & Gross, J. J. (2015). The Process Model of Group-Based Emotion Integrating Intergroup Emotion and Emotion Regulation Perspectives. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1088868315581263.

- Goldenberg, A., Saguy, T., & Halperin, E. (2014, August 18). How Group-Based Emotions Are Shaped by Collective Emotions: Evidence for Emotional Transfer and Emotional Burden. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.