Before broaching the presentation of the various parts of this book, a word of caution is needed regarding the generality of the issues or the conclusions which may be drawn.
This book is by no means a scientific summary of objective material, the number of cases is not great, and the points which were chosen for elaboration reflect my own approach and personality. I am fully aware that another individual may have created different interactions with the same people of my tales. Another person may have reacted to other needs of theirs, may have led an exploration of different areas, and, thus, another story might have emerged. I take responsibility for my share in producing these interactions and, therefore, these tales.
et there is a broader notion to be considered; namely, to what extent were the members of my groups, or the people I have chosen to interview, so-called typical Israelis, representative of the various subgroups of our society? Clearly, they were not. As previously mentioned, they are university students and young mental-health professionals, therefore of relatively high educational and socioeconomic levels. Their ability for verbal expression is superb, and they admire openness and selfexploration. Some may consider them oversensitive or spoiled, the lucky ones for whom war is the "only" hardship in life. It may very well be so; it is difficult to guess if similar profiles would emerge from conversations with laborers or housewives. Personally, I imagine they would. I believe that these students were willing and able to express the issues which, in many