Daily Archives: October 1, 2011

Selfishness and Family Conflict

In much of the family or marital conflict I hear people talk about, I hear accusations of selfishness thrown around, especially by parents about their children. It is an interesting concept: to accuse someone of selfishness and risk the irony … Continue reading

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Ludwig Wittgenstein: Top Ten Conflict Tips

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) had some good aphorisms/quotes that relate, sometimes obliquely to conflict. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein and: A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur … Continue reading

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The Limits of Empathy

Good piece from David Brooks in today’s New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/opinion/brooks-the-limits-of-empathy.html?src=me&ref=general which I will contest in a separate posting. I think he is mixing up empathy and sympathy but still worth a read. The comments are also an interesting … Continue reading

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To Give Up on Words: Silence in Apache Culture

Keith Basso wrote an interesting essay ‘To Give Up on Words: Silence in Apache Culture’ that throws some interesting light on how we might use silence in conflict. Thanks to Matt Benjamin for bringing this article to my attention. The … Continue reading

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