On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
22 Jun 2009
The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young. Upon its initial publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent trends in crime, suicide bombings, school shootings, and more. The result is a work certain to be relevant and important for decades to come.
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Overall: 53% of the 218 mentions are positive, 35% are neutral and 12% are negative.
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316040932/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_GNK.ybMTBZKVX
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5 points in /r/ProtectAndServe by Rustic_E | 25 Apr 2017
1 points in /r/IAmA by geneadamsPS4 | 08 Mar 2017
So; while it is impossible to prove that it never happened the lack of evidence makes it seem as though it is a figurative stance that many people take as literal. In my opinion that figurative spitting was done more by the government than the population when the soldiers came home. On Killing is a good book on the psychological toll that many soldiers were left to deal with on their own; it gets a bit repetitive in places but it's a good read.
1 points in /r/pics by tacknosaddle | 18 Feb 2017
Dave Grossman goes over a human's natural disinclination to kill in fine detail; using historical war records of proof. Then; he analyzes how modern war training (Vietnam and beyond) is built around overcoming these natural aversions; and of course how bloodlust can take control where training does not (as it does here). A lot of interesting bits on how physical or mechanical distance lessons phychological reactions to the act and how soldiers make justifications in the moment.
His answer to the "what's next" question is total and unconditional support of soldiers that return home that have not been perpetrators of atrocities. They need to know that what they did was necessary; that they did it for their country; that we are proud of what they've done and appreciate it. The exposure of civilians to the horrors of war by the media in Vietnam; and the public's reaction to the soldier's returning; is cted as a primary reason for the mental illness wave that affects the veterans of that war disproportionately.
You may not support going to war - the justifications or methods - but you must always support the men and women sent to kill and die by our government as they are serving their country in the best way they know how; and it is important to validate that sacrifice.
9 points in /r/bestof by crazyrich | 16 Feb 2017