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On Killing - Section 2, Killing and Combat Trauma: The Role of Killing in Pyschiatric Casualties: Chapter 2, The Reign of Fear Summary & Analysis

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This chapter explores the role of fear in combatants and civilians. In World War II, nations bombed civilian targets to create distress and mental illness among enemy civilians. Instead, the people rallied together. Two of the most severe fears found among combatants is that of letting someone else down or living with the responsibility of killing. Those anxieties are the most liable to produce mental illness. The chapter also includes suggestions for how to heal individuals from psychological disorders. Time out of combat is the most effective therapy. Talking about problems with medical people, or the Chaplain or others can also bring relief.

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