ON CONFLICT: Why People Fight

                                                                                                                                                                                      (Published September 26, 2014)

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

   The existence of conflict is an ongoing part of the human condition. Different people have different wants and needs, and as a result they frequently find themselves at odds with one another. Instances of conflict can be resolved peacefully, often with constructive results, or they can escalate into aggression and violence, generally with destructive results.

   In the chapters of this book, we will look at how conflict generally manifests in the different stages (age groups) of a person’s life.  It must be remembered, however, that the “boundaries” for the groups are not fixed, and that a given individual might well function in a manner that is reflective of an older or younger age group. In the final chapter we will discuss the currently declining rates of conflict and efforts being made to continue that trend.

 

Reviews

I really like how the author organized this book and the thoughtful way he examines conflict from the personal to the global threat it creates. It is written so that anyone can read it and can a deeper understanding of the history of human conflict and how we have the ability to make choices to change our role in it. It is also a great book for any student of Conflict Resolution. I highly recommend it!

BJS

 

I found it hard to be objective reading Mr. Ritchey's "On Conflict". Though at times disturbing, it delves into a part of human nature that is ever present no matter what age we are from toddlers to the elderly. Written with a matter of fact, no nonsense approach, Mr. Ritchey brings the reality of this emotion to the table. But most importantly, he then offers a look at approaches in understanding how to rectify and bring about peace "within" to accomplish the peace "without". Managing conflict is a learned "experience". We have to understand the world we live in as adults but how we parent our children may very well determine the future of the world at large.
I found myself rereading chapters and have been deeply moved by the intent of this book. I highly recommend it. It is thought provoking and hopefully may change attitudes and thus lives for the better.

Mary

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