The essence of conflict resolution and therefore peacemaking is summed up in the phrase “mutual needs satisfaction.” This concept presupposes an understanding not only of physical needs but also the emotional needs of all parties involved. This article describes the emotional needs, calling them “human givens” (because they are innate in us) and the innate resources that help us get those needs met. It also describes the three main ways that can interfere with needs being met. It suggests that this knowledge should be absorbed in the political and diplomatic spheres because our emotional needs motivate our behavior and drive learning. Learning is not the same as indoctrination, which is the methodology of cult formation, and the random way people approach peacemaking must change soon.
"Psychological Dimensions of Peacemaking,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 33
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol33/iss1/7