Information and Persuasion: 3 Features of Conspiracy Theories (reloaded)

"Most people reason dramatically, not quantitatively" (O.W. Holmes) In light of the recent anti-Corona demonstrations (Stichwort #Aluhut), I feel almost compelled to post an older article I wrote about communication and the psychology of conspiracy theories. CRISES AND INGREDIENTS In times of crisis and upheaval conspiracy theories abound. When people experience unease and doubt, when old … Continue reading Information and Persuasion: 3 Features of Conspiracy Theories (reloaded)

Stop The Escalation! Stages of Conflict

'Tis the season to be jolly... and yet, nobody can rule out conflicts that flare up around the holidays. I thought it might be of use to list and explain a little the typical stages of conflict escalation, to give you a better idea where you're at, what's coming and how to check yourselves... 🙂 Hopefully, … Continue reading Stop The Escalation! Stages of Conflict

The 4 Steps of Nonviolent Communication

One of my favorite models of oral communication - and one I find very effective for solving personal conflicts - is Marshall Rosenberg's theory of nonviolent communication. The goal of nonviolent communication is to express ourselves authentically and honestly, to listen with empathy and to deal with potential conflict respectfully and considerately. The foundation of nonviolent communication is the willingness … Continue reading The 4 Steps of Nonviolent Communication