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How Psychology is Revolutionizing War

What the Military Can Learn From the Peppered Moth

To maintain maximum performance and emotional stability, military members must learn to quickly adapt to ever-changing missions and environments. This requires flexibility in cognition, emotion, social relations, and physical fitness. Psychologists can help the military train and develop these skills. Read More

Missing Division of Labor

Re: "No mission is the same. In today’s world, it is not uncommon for a military unit to engage in a deadly firefight in the morning, help build a village’s infrastructure in the afternoon, and mediate negotiations among local factions in the evening."

Maybe that's the problem. The job description of the military is to kill and destroy. The idea that a War Machine can slaughter natives one day and then suck up to their relatives the next with "nation building" exercises is nuts.

Maybe it's that cognitive dissonance that's driving so many of them crazy.

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Michael D. Matthews, Ph.D., is Professor of Engineering Psychology at the United States Military Academy and author of Head Strong: How Psychology is Revolutionizing War.

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