Conflict can be a difficult concept to understand. You cannot just consider the logical reasons behind the confrontation. You must also understand the feelings and identity issues of the parties. Some people thrive on the toxic environment conflict creates, or they get caught in a loop with little chance of escape.
Dr. Marc Gopin has dedicated his career to recognizing, analyzing, and resolving conflict. According to Gopin, there are eight steps for healing conflict. His helpful guide provides an in-depth discussion on all steps. He encourages readers to identify the unique aspect of their conflict and also place it within a larger context to look for patterns.
The guide isn't just about resolving conflict in your own life but also about the ways you become a mediator in someone else's conflict. If a peacemaker isn't in control of his or her own emotions and doesn't fully understand intentions, the peacemaker can potentially add to the conflict instead of helping resolve it.
Whether you are having personal or professional problems, or you want to help resolve someone else's conflict, Healing the Heart of Conflict will help you take the first step toward a peaceful resolution.
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About the Author
Dr. Marc Gopin serves as the James H. Laue Professor and Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Gopin's work has been featured on CNN, CNN International, Court TV, the Jim Lehrer News Hour, Israel Radio, National Public Radio, the Connection, Voice of America, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Times of London, the Times of India, the Associated Press, and Newhouse News Service.
Gopin has published his research and advice in Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking; Holy War, Holy Peace; Healing the Heart of Conflict; To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy; and Bridges Across an Impossible Divide: The Inner Lives of Arab and Jewish Peacemakers.