"In this far-ranging, sometimes brilliant book, Lindner (Columbia Univ. and Oslo Univ.) studies the social and political ramifications of human violations and world crises related to humiliation, defined as the enforced lowering of a person or group, a process of subjugation that harms or removes the dignity, pride, and honor of the other. . . . it will be indispensable for psychologists, humanists, and political scientists and invaluable to policy makers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."
"Lindner may have risen more than a few eyebrows by stretching the parameters of scientific inquiry into a realm usually associated with plastic lace, virtual Valentines and FTD.com. It is a subject area she calls by various names...Desmond Tutu, in his Foreword to her book, writes that she is advocating an African concept of ubuntu which he describes as 'traditional African philosophy for living together and solving conflicts in an atmosphere of shared humility.' . . . Lindner knows she is taking a courageous step into uncharted - or should we say uncool? - terrain. Fortunately, she is well-armed with impeccable academic qualifications: a doctorate in medicine and another in psychology. . . . This book is partially a blueprint, partially a call to action; however, it is as an authority on humiliation that the author is most powerful. She is able to contribute an imporant psychological component to a cutting edge issue: the linkage between a patriarchal family, an authoritarian state, and war. . . . This is an important book and should be read by anyone concerned about the future of life beyond his or her lifetime."
"[Lindner's] extrapolation of humiliation as the cause of problems ranging from intrapsychic to global conflict is thought provoking. And her call to embrace love is at least motivating, if not prescriptive. This book would be of interest to a wide audience, including those individuals interested in gender, diversity, conflict resolution, and international affairs."
"In a era of multiple man-made crises buffeting our world, Evelin Lindner presents an analysis that is timely and scholarly, inspirational and practical. No person, no nation, can ignore the hurt of humiliation."
"Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security is a very important tool for a dignified future and to understand the complex and historical interrelationship of genders at all levels, and, obviously at the individual state of love between two adults. I strongly recommend this book to be studied in universities and schools and, for parents, educators, sociologists and every woman and man."
"A pioneering and multi-faceted book. It gives specific content to the general proposition that to build better societies and economies we need to utilize the findings of psychologists who study individuals, couples, and families."
"Ranging across the centuries and over diverse global cultures, this beautifully written, compassionate work shows us how the corrosion of direct human relationships underlies many of the world's critical problems: war, terrorism, the abuse of women, and the abuse of entire religious or ethnic groups. While scholars and statesmen have worked hard at finding rational solutions to these problems, Lindner's indispensable work demonstrates that no solutions will take hold unless they are based on a firm foundation of trusting and mutually respecting human relationships. This book bridges the gap between the psychology of conflict and macro-policy in unique and fruitful ways—an invaluable guide to finding ways forward in this time of global crisis."
"Evelin Lindner's vision was a major force that inspired my art installation, My Inner Sole. The book presents original ways of looking at humiliation and reversing it's destructive consequences. It is beautifully written and is a must read text to anybody who is interested in the future of humanity."
"Lindner invites you to a journey you must not miss. Combining research and profound analysis with warmth and genuine care for fellow human beings, she engages both your heart and your mind. Her journey is more than anything about love in the perespective of our civilization's survival. If the world joins her, there is hope."
"A breakthrough analysis of our moment in history, a liberating vision for love, sexuality and parenting, and a pathway into a better tomorrow: This book is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of love and wants a future we all can love!"
"Lindner's work has always been political, in that she attends to the dynamics of marginalization and oppression, but here, she focuses on an issue near and dear to all of us—the politics of love itself as a gendered phenomena. Her vision of a relational world free of humiliation is a beacon for anyone interested in reducing the violence of daily life and promoting positive peace."
"This extraordinary book is a ‘must-read' for men and women of all ages who are interested in their own future and the future of humanity. This book is a beautiful meditation and a true vehicle for healing."
"The insights bestowed by this reading will be powerful for policymakers, and indispensible for all of us."
"What a wonderful book! Timely and necessary."
"Evelin Lindner takes on a broad interdisciplinary approach toward social sustainability, showing how 'big love' can transform the world from a fear and profit paradigm to one that fosters global dignity and community."
"Evelin Lindner's groundbreaking work introduces us to new ways of thinking about the abuse of power and its antidote: strong love modeled on the examples of world leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. A compelling read and a formidable accomplishment."
"Without a doubt, Evelin Lindner is the world's leading authority on the destructive and deadly dynamics of humiliation. In this book, Lindner dares us to think bigger than ever before, challenging us to transform the degrading practices that damage and corrupt our most fundamental relationships, not only for our personal health, but also for the health and well-being of the world!"
"Not only is Lindner presenting a research-based, refreshing and courageous voice of her own; she is conducting a huge orchestra of human research voices, stretching from economics to politics and family life. Centering on the future of the human child, she makes us understand why we need to listen—in a new way. Why we need to think big thoughts, combining insight from many areas. This book is destined to become a classic."
"Lindner asks the pivotal question for our time: how can we use love as a tool for transversing the transition into a new, more caring world, a world of partnership rather than domination. Drawing from her research and experiences in places ranging from Egypt and Rwanda to Norway and the United States, her answers are always thoughtful, sometimes provocative, and invariably evidencing Lindner's commitment to building a world where human rights and dignity are
"Anyone interested in the future of the human species should read Dr. Evelin Lindner's pathbreaking new book Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security. The desert of neo-conservative, neo-liberal ideology highlights the power and potency of the fully formed self maximizing individual. Dr. Lindner's book is an oasis of common sense. She diagnoses the troubles at the heart of the human condition in the 21st century with great forensic skill. Not content with diagnosis, however, she provides pragmatic, hopeful and realistic alternatives. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to survive the 21st century with human dignity intact."
"Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security: Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to World Affairs is a sterling example of the kind of inclusive, integrative discourse that may just save humankind and our planet, the important point being that we can only create this kind of discourse together. To give context to the ideas in this book (the main one being that the dynamics of the present intensely interconnected information age give a unique opportunity to alter the influence of the 'security dilemma' identified in international relations research that has generated the 'traditional' gender relations of the last 10,000 years where the female sphere is 'inside' and the male sphere is 'outside'), Dr. Lindner shares with us her own personal context as a child of the German diaspora that occurred on the Polish-German borderlands after World War II. This basic context, as a child deeply affected by world events, directly led to her subsequent explorations of both medicine and the social sciences and to her consistent practical activity, as a global citizen and as both a psychotherapist and a social psychologist, in addressing the world's ills, particularly those affecting women and children. The book is not only transdisciplinary, but it also weaves together the micro, meso and macro levels of both personal experience and formal analysis into a seamless fabric of understanding into which we are all invited to participate. Dr. Lindner is akin to the Native American Spider Woman, a female entity who spins the world into existence through her narratives, in this case a possible radically inclusive future world, a world where no one is 'left out,' a world of mutual dignity and respect."
"The future of humankind is at stake. In times of crisis, we need people of courage, people who step out of the beaten track of familiarity and look at the situation from a new perspective. Few people have the global experience and transdisciplinary background that Evelin Lindner brings to this task. This book is a wake-up call and a guideline for humanity to follow if it wishes to survive."
"This is a stimulating and wonderful masterpiece of research, a fantastic adventure in the quest of values for a better living, for us and for our children. Lindner promotes the values of universal love and dignifying relationships between human beings. We should be grateful to the author for offering us this opportunity to reflect on our common challenges in order to prevent the worst from happening again."