Why Don’t we Agree? The Psychological Roots of how we Deal with Conflict

CREATED BY
Tova Raz-Liberman

 

OBJECTIVES

Apply Erickson's theory to conflict management skills

 

TIME REQUIRED IN CLASSROOM

140 minutes

 

LEAD-IN / PREP

Erickson's theory: https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html

The 7 elements of negotiation from “Getting to Yes”.

 

ACTIVITIES

  1. Group work: brainstorm examples of conflicts that involved one theme from each of the stages mentioned in Erickson's theory. Each group works on a different stage.

 

  1. Each group writes a text describing 2 different perspectives regarding one conflict they decided on. e.g a conflict resulting from mistrust and another conflict resulting from feelings of inferiority. Each perspective and interpretation of the event is written on a different piece of paper. (both activities will take 30-40 minutes)

 

  1. The whole class is introduced to (or reviews) the 7 key elements of negotiation. 45 minutes

 

  1. Groups swap scenarios. The group is divided into 2 sub groups. Each sub group gets a different perspective. They prepare for the negotiation using the 7 elements preparation worksheet. 20 minutes

 

  1. Group reunites to carry out the negotiation. 15 minutes

 

  1. Reflection. 15 minutes

 

VOCABULARY / GRAMMAR

key terms from Erickson's theory, position vs interests, internal voice, values, legitimacy, options, commitment, the ladder of inference.

 

ASSESSMENT

Students carrying the negotiation skills efficiently and easily


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