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JMH 2014 International Prize Essay Contest

JMH 2014 International Prize Essay Contest

There has not been a World War in almost seventy years, but anger and violence still exist.

There are regional wars, terrorist attacks, inter-national and inter-racial and inter-religious wars.

There is the ongoing danger of nuclear attacks.

Within the United States there are gang shootings, school and other mass shootings, and there continues to be physical and verbal abuse within families and bullying at schools.

JMH 2014 International Prize Essay ContestIt is possible that human nature itself makes anger and aggression necessary. This may be an human version of the tension between opposites visible throughout all of nature.

Even if this is true, It is also possible that some aggression can be prevented. If there is hope for the level of anger and violence in the world to go down, understanding of the roots and source and nature of anger and violence and aggression should be useful and even necessary.

In the United States, after each school shooting, there is a nationwide discussion of the causes of violence and of ways to prevent it. Psychologists are always given a prominent role in these discussions. Many argue that giving more money for psychological and psychiatric research and psychotherapy will help with the problem, but the sponsors of this contest do not feel that piling up more and more research studies and doing more and more psychotherapy is enough to solve the problem. The causes are deep, both in the world and in ourselves, and it seems as if there needs to be more searching in the deepest and darkest regions before we can come up with any sort of reasonable plan.

The sponsors believe that psychology has a role in these proceedings but that we are still at the beginning of our understanding.

It seems there are no experts in this discussion. New insights can come from the laboratories or from psychotherapy treatment rooms, but they can also come from any person on earth who has looked deeply into him or herself, into others, and into the surrounding world.

It is in this spirit that the sponsors of this contest are asking for submissions from anyone at any place in the world who feels he or she can contribute to our psychological understanding of anger and violence.

Submissions can express personal insights based on the introspection of the author or from the author’s perceptions of the psychology of those around him or her. It can express insights about how religious, economic, cultural, national, and international factors influence our psychologies with respect to anger and/or violence. On the other hand, submissions can be based on research studies.

It is the hope that a growing understanding in this area can eventually lead to some diminishing of the dangers in the world for ourselves, for our children, and for our children’s children.


Towards an understanding of the PSYCHOLOGY OF ANGER and/or VIOLENCE

There are two formats that will be accepted:

Format 1: Essays.

Essays must be 1,000 words or less.

They must be in English.

They must be typed into the Submission Form here.

Format 2. Media presentations.

Any media presentation must last no longer than five minutes.

The presentations, if verbal, must be in English or have English subtitles.

They must be uploaded via the Submission Form here.


First Prize: $1000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

Five Honorable Mentions: $50 each


1 August, 2014


  • The ideas in the essay will be original to the author, though it is possible to quote others. No plagiarism is allowed.
  • If there are quotations, Citations and Bibliography are required and do not count towards the 1,000 words.
  • There can be more than one author for a submission, but only one author will be taken as primary, and any prize money will go to this primary author. It is up to the primary author to split any prize money with the other authors of the essay in accordance with any agreement they have.
  • If the judges, upon careful consideration, do not find that there is an essay or media presentation worthy of one or more of the prizes, this prize (or prizes) will not be given.
  • Payment to winners will be through PayPal or Western Union and can only be sent to countries serviced by one or the other of these two companies. In the United States, payment can be made via bank check.
  • The contest is open to anyone in any of the countries serviced by PayPal or Western Union.


Any questions or problems regarding the submissions may be expressed to the sponsors through the Contact Form of this website. If at all possible, these concerns will be addressed and corrected.


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  1. jazakallahu khairan for this important notice. I will try my best to participate!

  2. chukwuma kewulezi says:

    The problem I seem to have is the fact that most people would rather prefer to read books that talk about everything except religion. It is a problem because I specialize in writing religious books. Yes, I love to write about God, us and the world we live in. The motivation to go public with my writings will gain more momentum if I can be convinced that my books will generate readers if published. Thanks

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