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How would you describe your go-to response to conflict?
Fight, ﬂight and freeze are classic primal responses to danger and conﬂict. But these are not our only options. Human relationships beneﬁt from more caring, connective engagement. Good marriages, treasured friendships and healthy communities do better when healthy engagement is the normal response to conﬂict. Disagreement is a part of human relationships. When we listen to each other with curiosity and care about each other’s needs it is more possible to live together happily – and hold the tension of our differences.
This conversation is inspired in part by themes found in Amanda Ripley’s book High Conflict:Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out.