Appreciating Anger, part II

Part II: When does anger work?

In my last post I wrote about anger’s “good side,” and the importance of appreciating its importance, but I left off with a warning: we need to develop a thoughtful and wise relationship with anger in order for it to play a positive role.

In his New York Times Sunday Review piece, “The Rationality of Rage,” Matthew Hutson explores a range of social, psychological, and behavioral research regarding the positive and negative ways that expressions of anger tend to manifest in different scenarios. [Read more…]

Dissecting Power and How it Influences Conflict

Newsletter Edition: May 2014

Power is the ability to influence an outcome or get a task completed. To understand power it is vital to know the context in which it is being exerted and the other forces and influences in play. In the context of conflict power is defined as the ability to get one’s needs met. For a conflict to exist each of those involved must have some degree of power and the ability to influence the outcome of the conflict. This month’s newsletter dissects some concepts about power.

Understanding Power and Conflict

Power is an elusive concept because it has so many manifestations. Everyone has many potential sources of power, most of which he or she is often unaware. Some are independent of the conflict while others can be enhanced or diminished by the process of conflict (Bernard Mayer, The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide, CA: Jossey Bass, 2000, p. 54).

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