“How could she think that?”
We are often amazed by the reasoning or perhaps the lack of reasoning of those around us.
I’ve been an avid student of conflict for a little more than a decade. But I’ve been a practitioner all of my life.
Only in recent years have I come to realize the powerful role that our thoughts play in the ways that we see, approach, and even generate conflict. For some reason (perhaps because I was trained as a lawyer), I believed that conflict was primarily a product of emotion and that the world of emotions was this “other realm” where critical thinking never entered.
However, I’m rethinking that position.
An increasing amount of attention is being given to the way our brains work and how those inner-workings impact the way we handle conflict. Almost every conference I’ve attended in the last two years has had at least one session on neuroscience.
And my personal interest has been heightened by a collision in 2010, a loss of memory around that event, and my emerging acceptance of the fact that our brains often block our total comprehension of our condition in order to protect us from potential harm. Just as my thinking processes shifted to allow me to recover, I began to recognize the ways that people in conflict have similar realignments in thinking.
I’ve also discovered that there are simply some physical limitations on the way our brains process information and that some moments are better than others when it comes to decision-making. And it excites me that knowing those things can help me to help others find peace.
As I prepare course material for a new course, “Critical Thinking & Analysis,” I thought I would share, from time to time, new things I’ve learned. I’ll be dropping them here on my website under the general banner of “Thinking About Peace.”
I welcome your input and your questions. You’ll soon realize that I’m no expert — just a student of the fascinating power and function of our God-given ability to think. I look forward to hearing from you and thinking about what you have to say.