The Paradox of Personal Experiment

There is this paradox at both the personal level and the political level. When there is a lot of pain is when we most need to try something new, to experiment even on a small scale with new approaches, new habits. To play even.

But this is also the time when we are least likely to do this, and most likely to cling to old ways, old routine, old policies. And as Personal Construct Theory suggests we get hostile: “Hostility is the continued effort to extort validational evidence in favor of a type of social prediction which has already been recognized as a failure.” We know the old ways don’t work but that doesn’t stop us.

And yes I am as guilty of this as anyone, wondering how I can change how I post on this blog? Given how much political pain is out there.


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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