J. W. Whiteley interviews B.F. Skinner for his Quest for Peace "Social Ecology of Peace Series" with the title "It Is Possible to Change the Ways People Treat Each Other".
The "Social Ecology of Peace" series of interviews was created
between 1983 and 1989. It includes not only influential thinkers from
the United States but also key thinkers from other countries around the
world. As a consequence of glasnost and perestroika, Soviet
participation began in 1988.
The series of interviews began shortly after President Ronald
Reagan's "evil empire" speech in March of 1983 with an interview with
noted American psychologist B. F. Skinner and the last interviews in
this series were conducted shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in
1989. With the end of the Cold War, it is increasingly clear that
humankind must intensify its search for more peaceful solutions to what
are age-old problems.
There are four separate collections of interviews within the "Social
Ecology of Peace" series. They differ in content focus, but not in
depth or distinctiveness. The title, "The Social Ecology of Peace"
denotes the multi-disciplinary perspectives of the participants and the
different levels of analysis they employ in their presentation of why
there is not peace and what can be done to achieve it.
"Insights from the Helping Professions" reflects distinctive thinking
about the bases of human behavior, indicates how individuals and groups
can change, and provides insights into the processes of individual and
group conflict. The academic disciplines and realms of professional
experience reflected in the "Insights" series include perspectives
within counseling, psychology, and psychiatry as well as two more
traditional disciplines, anthropology and sociology, which have
influenced professional practice in the helping professions.
Considerations of human nature, the influences of gender, and the
processes of socialization relevant to attaining peace are embedded
throughout the "Insights" series.