MOOS Fundamentals Seminar Posts

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  • Channels of Communication
    When channels of communication between hostile actors close, risks of destructive conflict raise substantially.
  • Misunderstandings
    Even if the misunderstandings do not cause conflict, they can escalate it rapidly once it starts.
  • Interpersonal Communication
    We take it for granted, but so much can go wrong with our communication. In conflict, care is essential!
  • Cognitive Dissonance
    Cognitive dissonance, too, has a dual nature: it can escalate or de-escalate conflict depending on how it is used.
  • Victimhood
    Victimhood has a dual nature—people can be both ashamed and proud of their victim status at the same time.
  • Delegitimization
    Delegitimization drives escalation and violence—but how is it reversed?
  • Siege Mentality
    North Korea's siege mentality is particularly dangerous as the US is exhibiting a siege mentality too!
  • Ethos of Conflict
    Since the conflict ethos feeds continuation of the conflict, that needs to change for conflicts to be resolved.
  • Psychological Dynamics of Intractable Conflicts
    In intractable conflicts, it is possible for entire societies to get tangled up in negative psychological dynamics, making the conflict extremely difficult to escape.
  • Limits of Rationality
    Emotions cannot be ignored in intractable conflicts--they are the elephant that a rider only tenuously controls.
  • Cultural and Worldview Frames
    Worldview frames go a long way in explaining why the US is becoming increasingly polarized.
  • Stereotypes / Characterization Frames
    Genocides start with negative stereotyping--is this where the US wants to go?
  • Enemy Images
    Enemy images deepen our socio-economics & political problems, while they make effective problem solving impossible.
  • Identity Frames
    Identity frames shape who we are...and what we believe and do as well.
  • Into-the-Sea Framing
    Total refusal to live with the "other side" results in into-the-sea framing and deep intractability.
  • Competitive and Cooperative Approaches to Conflict
    Self-fulfilling prophecies keep us stuck in destructive conflict styles.
  • Process Frames
    Your process frame is a blinder that lets you see a solution...or forces it away.
  • Frames, Framing and Reframing
    Frames determine what we believe is true. When we framing things differently, conflict resolution is a challenge!
  • Oppression and Conflict: Introduction
    This intro to a 6-essay series focuses on the causes and impacts of oppression and how it can be overcome.
  • Humiliation
    Evelin Lindner calls humiliation the "atom bomb of emotions" because it does such profound damage to relationships.
  • Power
    If power were one-dimensional, we could agree who has more and who has less. However, we are often surprised when a seemingly less powerful party holds a more powerful party at bay. This essay discusses both potential and actual power, the forms power can take, and its role in causing and solving intractable conflicts.
  • Social Status
    Social status is intrinsically linked with ideas of power, humiliation, dignity and hierarchy. In many societies, there is a perpetual struggle between those at the top and those at the bottom, as is evidenced by the political struggles waging today.
  • Identity Issues
    Identity drives many intractable conflicts as people simplify complex situations into an "us-versus them" story. This article examines: (1) the characteristics of identities, (2) how particular qualities of collective identities contribute intractability, (3) what shapes collective identities, and (4) how such identities can be modified to help transform and resolve intractable conflicts.
  • Moral or Value Conflicts
    Moral conflicts often become intractable, as neither side is willing to compromise their deeply-held beliefs.
  • Rich / Poor Conflicts
    Conflicts between the rich and the poor are intractable in many contexts.