The family that argues together, stays together. (We have heard this before). Here is how it works:
I’ve set out on a quest to try to improve how we fight as a family. I took a three-day course from the team at the Harvard Negotiation Project; I invited environmental psychologists to our home to inspect where we sat during spats; I talked to linguists about which words escalate family disputes.
Here’s what I learned: All families have conflict; those who control and manage that conflict can make their family happier. Conflict resolution didn’t exist as a field when I was growing up, but today a new generation of researchers has isolated tools that can help make peace between battling parties, including sibling and spouses.
You can build a better family argument, one that takes less time, leaves fewer emotional scars and more quickly restores harmony to your household.