Darker Demons of Our Nature: The Need to (Re)Focus Attention on Blatant Forms of Dehumanization
Cognition and Perception
International and Intercultural Communication
Peace and Conflict Studies
Personality and Social Contexts
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Although dehumanization research first emerged following the overt and conscious denials of humanity present during war and genocide, modern dehumanization research largely examines more subtle and implicit forms of dehumanization in more everyday settings. We argue for the need to reorient the research agenda toward understanding when and why individuals blatantly dehumanize others. We review recent research in a range of contexts suggesting that blatant dehumanization is surprisingly prevalent and potent, uniquely predicting aggressive intergroup attitudes and behavior beyond subtle forms of dehumanization and outgroup dislike, and promoting vicious cycles of conflict.