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Brene Brown on Personal Boundaries, Compassion and Empathy

In conflict, it is essential as in every day life, in my view to set clear boundaries as to what is acceptable behavior on the part of other people and the consequences of not respecting your boundaries. Brene Brown in … Continue reading

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Empathy: the Mark of a Tough Minded Intelligence

Empathy often gets a bad rap in conflict. Especially, I understand from post-colonialists. 🙂 It sounds like weakness. But having spent my life as a conflict professional, I have found that empathetic understanding of the other side in conflict is … Continue reading

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Projection versus Empathy in Conflict

I have often found that in conflict, as in life generally, people so easily project their own shortfalls onto the other side. With this in mind, I took a look at some of the definitions of the term’projection’ in the … Continue reading

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Empathy versus Sympathy in Conflict by Kyrie Eleison

Our correspondent Kyrie Eleison had some interesting things to say about the distinction between empathy and sympathy in the context of conflict that we post in its own right below. Thank you Kyrie: In instances like this, it is always … Continue reading

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Is Empathy Possible in Conflict with Sociopaths aka Assholes?

On a previous posting, our correspondent Kyrie Eleison raised the interesting question whether in conflict it was possible to show empathy to the sort of self-seeking, sociopathic folk (aka assholes), who dominate our current politics and many corporations. I thought … Continue reading

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‘A Ritual to Read Each Other’ by William Stafford (1914-1993): Conflict Poem

This blog stresses the importance of empathetically but accurately obtaining an accurate ‘theory of mind’ of the other side in any conflict, so I really liked this poem. Thanks to my fellow Jon Haidt admirer John F for this: A … Continue reading

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Conflict and the Lost Art of Listening

If I learned one thing of real value in all my years handling conflict, it was to listen, usually in silence, often taking notes and then repeating back to the other side in conflict exactly what I thought they were … Continue reading

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