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What is This Really about? Working with Displacement in Conflict Communication
What is this really about? Working with displacement in conflict communication

The kernel of all jealousy is lack of love.

—Carl Jung (as quoted in Main, 1997)

Much of what we assume about achieving collaborative negotiation within a rational framework of conflict management has to do with people arguing or dialoging about the actual issue that divides them. To negotiate a resolution to a conflict presupposes that the to-and-fro exchange of communication is focused on an actual, tangible issue on which the participants disagree (e.g., Fisher & Ury, 1981). In the everyday reality of conflict, however, this is not always how people behave. Communication often has less to do with participants following rational techniques of resolving specific ...

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