Background: To grasp the terrible nature and enormity of nuclear weapons is a painful exercise of the imagination. Recent political developments between different nuclear countries are quite alarming. A nuclear war would be an absolute disrespect and cruelty toward humanity and nature. Religion is simply made a scapegoat in times of wars. The psychopathology of war is “the elephant in the room.” Aim: To evaluate the different psychological, psychopathological views and para-psychodynamics of global conflicts as well as some of the future directions in peace research. Method: A selective survey of the literature, including previous reviews, to collect different understandings to help inspire and form a framework for future peace research. Results: The medical profession has a major burden in the form of physical and emotional rehabilitation after war; therefore, prevention is better than cure and rehabilitation. Psychological, political, religious, and economic factors may be at the root of war. Even though the psychopathology of war is being studied, the para-psychodynamics of global conflicts are poorly understood. Peace research without identifying the causative factors would be like treating an infection without recognizing the infecting agent. Marian apparitions offer some insight into this important aspect of peace research. In each credible, worldwide religion, there is a strong longing for peace and harmony, and mental health workers should get enlightenment from the wisdom of world religions. Both religious leaders and mental health professionals must take the helm in peace-making. The new insights gained through research into the psychopathology of global conflicts can inspire the international mental health professionals to support the existing peace campaigns to create a world without war, crimes and poverty.
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