psychology


Healing for the Perpetrators: The Psychological Damage from Different Types of Killing

by Sarah Terzo Violence harms not only its victims but in some cases also harms its perpetrators. Consistent Life Network Vice President Rachel MacNair has written extensively on how those who kill (in war, in abortion clinics, in execution chambers) are psychologically damaged by their actions, a situation she calls “Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS).” Recent…


The Mind’s Drive for Consistency

by Rachel MacNair Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in the series of blog posts based on presentations at our 30th Anniversary conference, held August 4-6, 2017. The presentation this post is based on was given at the session of the Consistent Life Network’s research arm, The Institute for Integrated Social Analysis.   Any bit…


The Creativity of the Foreclosed Option

by Rachel MacNair In an episode of Star Trek, The Next Generation, the Klingon Worf was in an accident leaving him paralyzed. According to Klingon tradition, this meant he should commit ritual suicide. He was intent on doing so. The doctor was appalled. She tried to research Klingon physiology to find treatment, but Klingons had…


Excerpt – Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion

  Excerpt from the Introduction to Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion by Rachel M. MacNair   Understanding Perspectives Back when I was in college, pursuing a major in Peace and Conflict Studies at Earlham (a Quaker college, I being a Quaker), several of us activists put together a program to educate about what was wrong…


Violence Bolstered by Professional Contradictions

by Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D. Director of CL’s research arm, The Institute for Integrated Social Analysis Author of several peace psychology books and consistent-life books     I’d like to regale you with my adventures in what ought to be a stuffy professional organization but is actually a prime field for countering the push for…