The Psychology of Tolerance

Conception and Development

  • Rivka T. Witenberg

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book offers a new standpoint to understanding tolerance to human diversity by approaching it from the perspectives of cognitive, developmental and prosocial psychology. Emphasising the positive aspects of social perception and behaviour, it invites readers to re-consider ‘tolerance’ not simply as the opposite of prejudice, but as something that can in fact coexist with prejudice and intolerance. Drawing on original empirical research conducted with children, adolescents and young adults, the book maps the response patterns for tolerant judgement and justification, including psycho-developmental factors. It explains how tolerance regarding differences of colour, creed and culture is based on underlying beliefs that guide the reasoning process to support judgements about human diversity. Showcasing emerging theory and a new methodology of data collection that goes beyond common approaches, this book outlines a unique potential developmental trajectory for tolerance to human diversity based on fairness, empathy and reason. The book challenges students, researchers and general readers across the fields of psychology, human ethics and moral philosophy with its new insights into the character of prosocial beliefs. 


Psychology of Tolerance Definition of Tolerance Factors Influencing Tolerance Developmental Aspects of Tolerance Cognitive Development of Tolerance Tolerance of Diversity Morals Underlying Tolerance Beliefs Underlying Tolerance Philosophy of Tolerance Psychology of Prejudice Children's Understand of Diversity Measuring Tolerance Tolerance of Race Tolerance of Ethnicity Process-oriented Methodology Moral reasoning Processes Psychology of Empathy Morality of Psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Rivka T. Witenberg
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3788-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3789-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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