ISBN: 1982128569
EAN13: 9781982128562
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 6, 2021
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.27 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

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When we are baffled by the insanity of the other side--in our politics, at work, or at home--it's because we aren't seeing how the conflict itself has taken over.

That's what high conflict does. It's the invisible hand of our time. And it's different from the useful friction of healthy conflict. That's good conflict, and it's a necessary force that pushes us to be better people.

High conflict, by contrast, is what happens when discord distills into a good-versus-evil kind of feud, the kind with an us and a them. In this state, the normal rules of engagement no longer apply. The brain behaves differently. We feel increasingly certain of our own superiority and, at the same time, more and more mystified by the other side.

In a lively audio production with sound clips from individuals and situations she discusses in the book, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley investigates how good people get captured by high conflict--and how they break free.

Our journey begins in California, where a world-renowned conflict expert struggles to extract himself from a political feud. Then we meet a Chicago gang leader who dedicates his life to a vendetta--only to find himself working beside the man who killed his childhood idol. Read More chevron_right

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   Super-repetitive. 5 Chapters Too Long
I really wanted to read this book. The author disrupts her self five times in a row and drags two stories through the entire book. Had those two stories been in a single chapter, they would have been told in a single book. This book has so much promise but has so little to show for it.
   Very important book!
In her book, "The Bad Brain," writer Amanda Ripley argues that humans have such a hard time getting along that we often wonder what the hell is wrong. In her book, "The Triumphs of Imperfection," she tells stories of people who have overcome great obstacles in life and the problems they have been working through. In her book, "Designing Change," she outlines what we can do to make important changes personally and politically. I'm surprised this book is not on the NYT and SF Chronicle's best sellers lists yet!
   Raising voices is a key indicator
Jobs lost and organizations upended could have been avoided or tempered, he said. Sometimes we keep going in arguments even though we know we are wrong, even though we know nothing will be resolved, even though we know that consequences will be worse, Bruno said. We now know who the hijackers are.
   Using for book club with psychotherapists
This is highly relatable and providing rich discussion as a book club read for myself and colleagues who deal with high conflict and aspire to healthy conflict ourselves and in working with our clients, Raymond said.
   Understanding how we live
A well-written, easy-to-read book crammed full of really eye-opening conversations about why people deny the truth before their eyes and stick with their “tribes,” it offers a variety of techniques for getting out of the binary nature of the current national debate. 0 2622010 2622070 In "Culture Wars," Frank Deford explores why people deny the truth before their eyes and stick with their "tribes." Highly recommend.
   Wonderful Book!
After seeing an interview with this author on CBS's "60 Minutes," my husband and I bought her book. Its just too good to be true, said Barbara Comstock, executive director of policy for AOL Europe. My husband has a history of conflict, and often finds himself in a difficult situation with people he works with, and he feels really changed by this book. Very good read, and well done.
   How to Get in to and out of damaging conflict
If you are worried about the way we deal with divisive conflicts, don't know where to start, this is the place to start. Useful tips on how to do things.