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The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict | [Arbinger Institute]

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.
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Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

Yusuf al-Falah, an Arab, and Avi Rozen, a Jew, each lost his father at the hands of the other's ethnic cousins. As the story unfolds, we discover how they came together, how they help warring parents and children to come together, and how we too can find our way out of the struggles that weigh us down.

The choice between peace and war lies within us. As one of the characters says, "A solution to the inner war solves the outer war as well." This book offers more than hope - it shows how we can prevent the conflicts that cause so much pain in our lives and in the world.

©2006 Arbinger Properties, Inc.; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Colleen Snow Hill, MD, USA 11-24-09
    Colleen Snow Hill, MD, USA 11-24-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Everyone Should Read This Book"

    Every person, organization, community and nation can benefit from the ideas and principles set forth in "The Anatomy of Peace". Each of us will undoubtedly recognize our own patterns of justification as we enter into conflict with others around us whether they be our loved ones, our coworkers or our neighbors. This relatively short book is told from the viewpoint of a father who reluctantly attends a workshop for parents of "troubled teens". Through him and the others running or attending the workshop, we learn to recognize unproductive patterns in our behavior which are caused and perpetuate a "heart at war". As if we are attending the workshop ourselves, readers are given the framework to recognize these patterns and to ultimately work toward a "heart at peace". I'm recommending this to my family and friends, but I would also encourage our leaders (religious, commercial, and political) to read and heed as well!

    BTW... first time I've been so compelled to write a review!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julane Mill Valley, CA, USA 07-10-08
    Julane Mill Valley, CA, USA 07-10-08
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    "life changing"

    This is a life changing, simple, but not easy concept. Bring it from your head to your heart, life will become an amazing adventure in seeing the choice of a "heart of love" or a "heart of war"

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn New York, NY, USA 05-05-09
    Carolyn New York, NY, USA 05-05-09
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    "A Heart of Peace..."

    Like its forerunner, "Leadership and Self Deception", this book will take you on a journey of self discovery and guide you into looking at how you are "being" in the world and to one another. "The Anatomy of Peace" will show you how to turn your warring heart into a peaceful heart. Listening to the audio is like attending one of the live training sessions. And the fact that it is told in fable form makes it an awesome experience.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tawanda 09-13-08
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    "Awesome Book"

    This was an easy listen! The material is easy to follow and beneficial. Anyone who works in the public forum, is related to anybody, or even has interactions with human beings should read this book. It will change your interactions and show you who you really are!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 02-12-13
    Beth 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "FANTASTIC!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Anatomy of Peace?

    Agent of Change: By working the bottom of the pyramid, I can influence changes at the top and all around me.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Carol, Lou's wife. She felt like a very strong woman, and at the end, she learned how to be a better wife and mother.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is fantastic! I got so much out of it! I plan on listening to it again and am considering buying the paperback edition so I can make notes. I am asking several family members to take a look at it and I have talked to my therapist about it. I really feel more Peaceful, since starting to work the ideas from this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Artarky St JosephTrinidad And Tobago 11-03-09
    Artarky St JosephTrinidad And Tobago 11-03-09
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    "Eye Opening & Life Changing"

    This is a very insightful book. It helped me open my eyes to my own actions.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Weiss 03-08-15
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    "Awesome!"

    Always helpful, every time I read it or listen to it! Gives me a new way of looking at things and a way out of my own deception.

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    Rich 02-21-15
    Rich 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Practical and Enlightening"

    This is a great book, written in story form makes it easy to see and find practical application to the principles. I found it personally very revealing, if I apply what I learned I will be a better person.

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    sarndra Kennedy 02-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read, if you are struggling to communicate"
    What did you love best about The Anatomy of Peace?

    The way it changed the concept of how I saw everybody and everything


    What other book might you compare The Anatomy of Peace to and why?

    Leadership and self deception


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Lou


    What did you learn from The Anatomy of Peace that you would use in your daily life?

    To look at everyone as if they were one of my own


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    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 02-08-15
    Kaylyn Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Life changer!!!"

    I read Leadership and Self-Deception first and loved it too. The ideas in this book are life changing. I will definitely have to listen to it several times to fully grasp everything. I hope to start applying the principles taught into my life.

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    "Made impenetrable by long, poor story narrative"
    What would have made The Anatomy of Peace better?

    This book aims to teach valuable conflict management tools via the means of a complex and contrived narrative between a set of characters, generally based on mid-east conflict issues. But though the learning points are good - I felt they were completely obscured by a poor attempt at narrating an imagined group based discussion. Personally, I found this narrative style boring, irritating and a bit patronising. I'd have preferred teaching points followed by examples, rather than a very long and boring fake drama narrative that tries to get learning points across. The author is simply not good at writing this type of drama based narrative. I struggled to force myself to finish. What a shame.


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