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56162Re: [evol-psych] Warfare as suicide

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  • Irwin Silverman
    Aug 2, 2007
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      On Wed, 1 Aug 2007, Julienne wrote:

      > Soldiers are often the angry ..

      Paradoxical as it may seem, the military is not a good place for
      angry people and, in my experience, they generally don't do well there.
      The military is all about subjugation to the group. Angry people tend
      to resist this. The people who join the military (including yours truly,
      a long time ago) are mostly adolescents in the midst of an Eriksonian
      crisis of "identity diffusion."
      It works, too. The personal bonds and intense feelings of loyalty
      to the group that you form can drive you to self-destruction if tested,
      but can also be exhilarating at that time of life and unforgettable.



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