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Changing Feelings to Promote Peace: Emotion Regulation as a New Path to Conflict Resolution

The first nine chapters of this book concentrated on revealing the unique role played by each intergroup emotion in conflicts and peace processes. These nine chapters have provided relatively strong evidence to support that discrete intergroup emotions play a significant causal role in mobilizing people toward or away from support for policies that promote peace and reconciliation processes by forming attitudes, biasing attention and action, and shaping reactions to conflict-related events (e.g. Bar-Tal, 2001; Batson et al., 1997; Cˇehajic´, Brown, & González, 2009; Cohen-Chen et al., 2014; Halperin, 2008, 2011b; Halperin & Gross, 2011; Huddy, Feldman, Taber, & Lahav, 2005; Lerner et al., 2003; Mackie et al., 2000; Pliskin, Bar-Tal, Sheppes, & Halperin, 2014; Reifen Tagar et al., 2011; Sabucedo et al., 2011; Spanovic et al., 2010; Stephan & Finlay, 1999; Sternberg, 2003; Tam et al., 2007, 2008; Volkan, 1997; Wohl et al., 2006, 2010). Importantly, this evidence also suggests that the effects of emotions on aggressive and conciliatory political attitudes are evident above and beyond other prominent factors such as ideology, situational factors, and socioeconomic conditions (e.g., Halperin, Russell, Dweck, & Gross, 2011; Spanovic et al., 2010).