Israel on the Couch

The Psychology of the Peace Process

By Ofer Grosbard
Foreword by Vamik D. Volkan

Subjects: Israel Studies
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791456064, 216 pages, January 2003
Hardcover : 9780791456057, 216 pages, January 2003

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Table of contents

Foreword by Vamik D. Volkan



1. The Jewish People

2. The Dynamic of the Peace Process

The Peace Process: A Business Negotiation or an Emotional Bond?
The Peace Process as a Process of Emotional Growth
Emotional Resistance to the Peace Process
The Whole World Is Against Us
Denial of Aggression and Fear, and Its Price
Is Our Sense of Reality Valid?

3. The Stories We Tell Ourselves, and the World, about Ourselves

The National Anthem

4. Foreign Affairs

The Palestinian Refugees
A Palestinian State
Murderers or Heroes?

5. The Arabs and Us—an Intersubjective Approach

Arab Insult
Arab Thinking
Speaking to Arabs

6. The Nonconventional Threat



Applies clinical pyschology to explain the dynamics of the Middle East peace process.


By applying a clinical psychologist's insight into the Israeli-Arab conflict, Ofer Grosbard lays the foundation for a new theory and practice that espouses the use of clinical tools to promote relations between countries, religions, political parties, cultures, and different identities.

Ofer Grosbard was born in Israel and is a practicing clinical psychologist in the United States. He is the author of A License for Insanity and Arab in His Heart, winner of Book of the Year 2000 by the Hebrew Writers' Association.