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Conflict and Dialogue in a Negotiated World
Conflict and dialogue in a negotiated world

“[Peace is] the optimal outcome of conflict, and a necessary condition of civilization.”

(Donohue, 1997, p. 65)

“Negotiation is a test of the self.”

(Nierenberg, 1973, p. 87)

Typically, we all bring to a discussion about conflict a number of preconceptions representative of our lived experience. They are true for us, but sometimes they are quite limiting. Specifically, we often realize that conflict is a difficult, complex, and frequently mismanaged process in the world around us. We may also feel uncomfortable about and even afraid of conflict. For a variety of reasons, we are more likely to experience the results of avoidance, aggression, and compromise than we are to see the results of increased understanding through ...

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