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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Reasons Why Soldiers Can Grow to Love War

1. It is a time of great intensity when feelings are heightened and life takes on new meaning.
2. During wartime, sports terminology such as “winning” and “losing” are used, battle thus being experienced as a game.
3. War allows soldiers great freedom to behave without fear of punishment, even to engage in acts which are ordinarily considered abhorrent.
4. Battle is a black or white experience with a person being considered either a friend or an enemy. It lacks the shades of gray and anxieties of normal life.
5. War provides an escape from the boredom of ordinary life.
6. War creates the intense feeling of comradeship aroused by entrusting one’s life to comrades.
Former soldiers, including some Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers, may relive wartime events through nightmares and flashbacks to maintain their positive psychological elements.
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