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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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Publisher's Summary

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 Antioch, TN, USA 09-13-08
    Tawanda Antioch, TN, USA 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 2004
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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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    Sherry Calgary, Canada 08-23-14
    Sherry Calgary, Canada 08-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Peace starts within"

    In the first moments of the book when it talked about sending teens to a survival camp I was hooked and was more focussed on learning where this camp is and how can I send my own teen there. This was fleeting at best. As with all books designed to help oneself, I was quickly reminded that Peace starts within not with others with whom we do not have Peace with.

    I found myself nodding in agreement throughout most of the book as the narrative told the story of where "I" within the conflict which holds out Peace in my world. I found myself connecting to the characters, not just as parents, but as people.

    The narrator did an exceptional job in conveying the individuals and my attention was held rapt.

    The only thing I wished for was a .pdf download of the diagrams that they spoke about in the book. I will be buying either the actual book or downloading the kindle version in hopes of seeing those diagrams whilst listening again to the book.

    I feel that this will be a book to serve as a foundation for me and invite anyone to invest in absorbing its contents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niv Petach Tiqva, Israel 04-19-14
    Niv Petach Tiqva, Israel 04-19-14 Member Since 2011

    34 year old, married +2 wonderful kids. Like fantasy and self development: moral, humility, listening, relationship, kids education etc

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    "Nice approach for teaching."
    If you could sum up The Anatomy of Peace in three words, what would they be?

    The book is written as a story and via the story intends to teach a method for being at peace with yourself.
    Half way through the book I felt I learned nothing and intended to jump to my next learning.
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    Because the book is written as a story I was tempted to keep listening.
    And then the story made me cry, twice!
    So I completed the book.
    I feel I have learned a new concept which I started considering on my day to day interaction.
    I can also understand why the concept is more teachable via a story.
    And overall I'm happy to have read the book.
    However I don't know if I would recommend this to others as I'm not sure many would like this story approach for teaching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 05-14-13
    Mike 05-14-13 Member Since 2008

    Normal on the outside, something else on the inside. Kinda like a banana!

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    "Still learning from this book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Anatomy of Peace to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio edition to be better than the print version in all aspects but one. The audio edition has to describe the diagrams that are in the print edition. This is not a big factor if you can draw them out while listening, but a little harder while driving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like any good story this story teaches you while entertaining you. I liked how the author intertwined the lessons within the characters interactions.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Oliver's voice is pleasant, and handled most of the voices well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The lessons this book is trying to teach you can have a profound impact on you (if you are willing to really, really listen).

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    Patricia 11-27-12
    Patricia 11-27-12
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    "Useful concept; written at about a 3rd-grade level"

    The concept in this book is very useful, and the whole world would run a lot more peacefully, if people would learn to look at themselves, when tension or conflict arises. In fact, many people credit this book and it's companion, Leadership and Self-Deception, with saving their families, or even their lives. It certainly did open avenues of conversation in my family. The book is written as a story, though, and is overly simplistic and really dumbed down. This may help it to reach a broader audience, but it was even too annoyingly patronizing for my teenagers. Nobody I know likes being talked down to.

    You certainly do NOT have to read/listen to both books. The concept is simple enough, though it takes the authors half the book to spin it out. The second half hammers the point home--and hammers and hammers... The performance was a little cloying--and the portrayal of women's voices was absolutely simpering and cartoonish, almost mocking.

    If I had read this book, I would have skimmed it, at best. Listening takes much too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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