What Is Hate?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. ...The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

- Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

Podcast of the Day

The Philosopher's Arms, presented by Matthew Sweet, asks whether speech can harm. Helping us come to an answer, we have a philosopher, cartoonist and a man who was arrested for hate speech.

Listen to The Philosopher's Arms episode on Hate Speech

Video of the Day

Short Article of the Day

According to a recent study, there are at least 917 organized hate groups in the United States. The study, based on data collected by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and presented in their annual census of hate groups, looked at the presence of hate groups on Twitter. SPLC found that the number of likes and comments on hate group accounts grew by 900 percent in the last two years.  

Why do we hate? The reasons are complex, but following are some of the factors that may play a role in helping us understand hate and, hopefully, work toward change.

Continue reading Alison Abrams article: The Psychology of Hate

Further Reading

Hate is among the most powerful of human emotions - it has caused great sorrow and suffering - and yet it has been understudied by psychologists. The Psychology of Hate is a groundbreaking book that brings together experts on the psychology of hate to present their diverse viewpoints in a single volume. The contributors address a set of questions that include: How do you conceptualize hate and what evidence is there for this conceptualization? What do you see as the role of hate in terrorism, massacres, and genocides? How can hate be assessed? The volume additionally provides concrete suggestions for how to combat hate, and attempts to understand the minds both of those who hate and those who are hated.

Read Robert J. Sternberg's book: The Psychology of Hate

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