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Evelin Lindner

Evelin Gerda Lindner, MD, PhD, PhD (Dr psychol, Dr med). Born 13th May 1954 in Niedersachsen, Lower Saxony, Germany


1973/74: Studies law, psychology and sinology at the University of Frankfurt; 1978 graduates as a psychologist from the University of Hamburg; 1995 license as a psychologist in Norway. Studies medicine 1978 - 1984 in Germany and New Zealand; 1984 graduates as a physician from University of Hamburg; 1997 license as a physician in Norway. Between 1975-1991 studies and works in Israel, West Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, China, USA, becoming acquainted with different languages and cultures (she handles around 12 languages). 1984 - 1991: Works as a clinical psychologist and psychological counsellor in Cairo, Egypt. 1991 - 1995: Completion of a medical doctorate in the field of cross-cultural quality of life research at the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Hospital of Hamburg; 1994 German doctoral degree in medicine (magna cum laude). 1995- 1996: Participation in the Ethics Programme at the Norwegian's Research Council. 1996 - 2001: Completion of psychological doctorate in the field of social psychology on the dynamics of humiliation and their links to war and violence, based on German history, with field work in Somalia and Rwanda; the research project was anchored at the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway, as part of the research programme on Multilateral Development Assistance, Norwegian Research Council, title of doctorate: "The Feeling of Being Humiliated: A Central Theme in Armed Conflicts. A Study of the Role of Humiliation in Somalia, and Burundi/Rwanda, Between the Warring Parties, and in Relation to Third Intervening Parties." 2001: Norwegian doctoral degree in psychology on the topic of humiliation. Since 2001 Lindner anchors her work on humiliation internationally, she initiates and builds The Center for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies as a global network under the umbrella of the Columbia University of Conflict Resolution Network in New York.


Professional engagement

1980 - 1984: Psychotherapy (Rogerian, individual therapy) at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hamburg. 1984 - 1991 Private psychological practice in Cairo, Egypt. 1993-1994: founding and chairing the association Global Understanding and organisation of the "Hamburg Chain of Ideas" with the vision of a world house. 1994: Candidate for the European Parliament. 1995 - 1997: Co-operation with International Alert, a non-governmental organisation active in preventive diplomacy. Since 1997 scholar in social and cultural studies, focussing on the topic of humiliation.


Current work

Initiates and builds The Center for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies as a global network under the umbrella of the Columbia University of Conflict Resolution Network in New York.

Dr. Lindner became an adviser to TFF in 1999.

Affiliated to the University of Oslo, Department of Psychology. See her website here. Also affiliated to the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, and in cooperation with The Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network, New York


Basically nomadic world citizen - use e-mail





Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

Oslo University - Humiliation in Armed Conflict

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Articles by Evelin Lindner

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Evelin Lindner - New book, December 6, 2009
Gender, Humiliation and Global Security:
Dignifying Relations from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to Global Security

No less than a world event in social science including peace research!

Evelin Lindner, March 2007
Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
A new unique journal with a uniquely important theme - published by the UN University for Peace, Costa Rica

Evelin Lindner, November 1, 2006
Lindner, a TFF Associate, receives the 2006 Award for Applied Psychology, awarded by the Swiss Association of Applied Psychology

Evelin Lindner, August 11, 2006
Making Enemies - Humiliation and International Conflict
Pathbreaking book on one of the most fundamental - but sadly overlooked - aspects of all conflicts. See all you need here to order it.

Evelin Lindner, Ralph Summy and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, June 26, 2006
Humiliation and History in Global Perspective - Special issue of "Social Alternatives," Vol. 25, No. 1, First Quarter, 2006
Progress can be made in preventing, managing or resolving so-called intractable conflicts if the roots of the problem are unearthed. While the global history of humiliation that unfolds in the following pages makes for depressing reading in one sense, in another it provides the framework for understanding how to transform such events into peaceful outcomes.

Evelin Lindner, June 22, 2006
How becoming a global citizen can have a healing effect
The question of "home" is profoundly relevant for the inhabitants of planet Earth. It is relevant for the identity of each citizen and for the solution of conflicts around the world. Do we wish to build a world of domination/submission, where a few have luxurious homes and the rest has virtually nothing? Do we envisage a world of separate nations (with "enemy nations" endangering our homes)? How should local and global aspects of identity be combined? What should we reply, when we are asked, "Where are you from?" A personal reflection on how life can be shaped to fit a larger reality.

Book by Evelin Linder - May 16, 2006
Making Enemies. Humiliation and International Conflict
Along with the more predictable effects of intentional humiliations such as those at Abu Graib, Dr. Linder examines and explains, across history and nations, how this little-understood emotion sparks outrage, uprisings, conflict and war.
"Lindner's research is pathbreaking with a global reach; it addresses one of the most fundamental causes underlying violence and terrorism. Learn also about the remarkable global network she has created and about Lindner herself," says Jan Oberg,

Evelin Lindner, March 1, 2006
"The Cartoon War" of humiliation versus humiliation: What should be done? (Pdf format)
I began my research on humiliation by asking myself: "What is the strongest obstacle to peace and to willingness to cooperate in our interdependent world? What is the strongest force that fuels destructive conflict?" Feelings of humiliation, is my answer.
What to do after these cartoons? 1. Cool down! 2. Avoid the pitfalls of victimhood! 3. Learn moderation and 4. Avoid bias and become aware of our commonalities by defining ourselves as one family of humankind.

Evelin Lindner, September 22, 2005
Mature differentiation as response to terrorism and humiliation
Let's refrain from the language of "war" and "evil". Lindner - a world expert on the psychology of humiliation - explores the concept and places it in the context of the "war on terrorism". Violence can be seen as a response to hurt dignity and recognition. So, we need an entirely different approach than the one practised by our politicians. And we need more decency in our global village.

Build the "Global Village" on Ground Zero, Literally!

Humiliation or Dignity: Regional Conflicts in the Global Village

Humiliation - Trauma that has been overlooked

Were ordinary German's Hitler's willing executioners?

The lessons of humiliation

Abtracts of articles on humiliation

Love, Holocaust, and Humiliation

What every negotiator ought to know: Understanding humiliation










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