Category Archives: PERSONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION: CREATIVE STRATEGIES

Conflict Resolution Strategies that creatively handle your personal conflicts at work, with family or friends.

Changing Your Mind

Some recent debates on Facebook made me think: if you can’t change your own mind when faced with new evidence or new arguments, what chance is there that you can change anyone else’s mind?

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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 … Continue reading

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The Art of Listening: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Listening is a key skill in all conflict negotiation, and I thought this quote and these six guides from Erich Fromm’s “The Art of Listening” very useful in their insights even for negotiating with an obvious opponent or even enemy. … Continue reading

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The Problem with Conspiracy Theorists: My Top Ten Insights

I guess I spent some of 2016 arguing with conspiracy theorists, especially of the Alt Left variety, so I thought I would list the meta problems I experienced: Conspiracy theorists have a grossly exaggerated sense of how much control anyone … Continue reading

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The Theory of Constraints and US Politics

In manufacturing there is something called the Theory of Constraints. The Theory of Constraints is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) that stands in the way of achieving a goal and then systematically improving that … Continue reading

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UK Brexit and Interest Based Approaches

I thought it might be helpful to apply Interest Based Bargainging approaches to UK Brexit Negotiations?  1) The British Constitution since Henry VIII is one sentence: “Parliament is sovereign” or if you want to be a bit archaic: “the Monarch … Continue reading

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Conflict Urban Dictionary: Nadering

Nader (origin: US Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader 2000 election) 1.Verb Transitive: a.To Nader (an election): to divide the progressive forces and thereby ensure the election of a catastrophically awful candidate, who stands for the polar opposite of what you support.b. … Continue reading

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