High Conflict: How to break the spell?

We’re bewitched by high conflict. But there is a way out.

Conflict can be a force for good, pushing us to challenge each other and defend ourselves and do better. But sometimes, it escalates into something else, something called high conflict.

Right now, the United States is stuck in high conflict of the political variety, as every news cycle keeps reminding us. Many of us are just trying to avoid the sinkhole, hoping it will fill in one day.

There is a way to make high conflict healthy, even the most dispiriting conflicts, like hyper-polarization — or sibling feuds. There are specific strategies that work to revive curiosity, humility, and surprise, without surrendering your own beliefs.

Journalist & NY Times bestselling author. Most recent book: HIGH CONFLICT: Why We Get Trapped & How We Get Out (Prev: SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD & UNTHINKABLE)