Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


As stated in the introduction, we are challenged to study and consider how culturally diverse peoples can co-exist in mutually enriching ways rather than descending into misunderstanding and even bloody conflict based on such factors as misattribution of intentions, alternative constructions of reality, competition for material or psychological resources, and efforts to manage anxiety through in-group identification and out-group demonization. It is a serious challenge as cultural differences may create and fuel deadly conflict or even a “clash of civilizations.” This volume seeks to ground the psychological functions of culture in the human condition itself.


“Clash of civilizations” Misattributions Multiculturalism Alternative constructions human needs and culture Positive potentials Negative potentials Existential problem Anxiety-prone Human condition Psychological defense Roadmap Immortality ideology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Hawai‘i at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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