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Twemlow, S.W. (2001). Modifying Violent Communities by Enhancing Altruism: A Vision of Possibilities. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(4):431-462.

(2001). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(4):431-462

Modifying Violent Communities by Enhancing Altruism: A Vision of Possibilities

Stuart W. Twemlow

A model for “diagnosing” and “treating” violent communities is outlined. The treatment consists of enhancing a form of pragmatic altruism by building relationships and mutual understanding between community leaders who are derived from task groups called “community stabilizing systems,” defined as groups essential for peaceful, creative stability in a community. Two examples of an intervention derived from this theory are described.

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