• The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition

  • Resolving the Heart of Conflict
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,709 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? What if we systematically misunderstand that cause? And what if, as a result, we systematically perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve?

From the authors of Leadership and Self-Deception comes an international best seller that instills hope and inspires reconciliation. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, we learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, even when war is upon us.

©2006, 2008, 2015 Arbinger Properties, LLC (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Best of 600 in 30 Years!

Performance: Having listened to audio books for 30 years, this is BY FAR the best performance ever. There is no adequate comparison with the other 599 titles or the printed version. The narrator's skill at representing various characters is exceptional. It seems 10 people are in the recording studio. In fact, this is the only audiobook I've ever listened to again immediately after finishing. I would have given 6-stars for performance if possible.

Story: It's 5-star . . . but not 6. There is good reason for unfavorable reviews. The material doesn't suit everyone. Life experience, expectation, and "grumpiness quotient" count heavily. If you're on the "flower child" side of the spectrum rather than "gestapo," you'll like the story.

Overall: Remember this is a fictional story, *NOT* a textbook. There are valuable take-aways based on how you see the world. Listeners bring a partially filled canvas on which they are painted. As Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon our own point of view." Overall it is OUTSTANDING!

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Powerful principles based on timeless truths.

Wonderful story, which effectively draws one into self-reflection. This book powerfully teaches the timeless truth that we can only change ourselves, but by doing so, with a peaceful heart, we can contribute to changing the world around us.

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MUST READ!

Seriously, one of the best books I have read in a very, very long time. In my top 3. Seriously, if you're interested in a life free of detrimental self-fulfilling prophecies that harm our happiness and relations with others, this is a must read. The writing is fantastic as it's told in a story format which was super interesting, and a more invigorating way to receive the self-growth messaging. Loved it!

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Highly Recommended For All

This was a profoundly wonderful book and I truly believe that there is no one who wouldn't benefit from what it has to teach. Inspirational, thought provoking, and applicable to all of our lives in so many ways. I strongly urge everyone who has the opportunity to read or listen to this book to do so. A+++++

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A perspective that heals

I would recommend this book to anyone ready to take an active role in changing his or her life. Also to anyone who feels hurt and is seeking peace.

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A must-read for everyone.

There are insights and lessons on every page. if you're struggling with anything or even if you think you're not - this book will open your eyes to opportunities, purpose, direction and most importantly - the kind of lasting happiness that comes with real peace.

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Will listen to it again

Very thought provoking and I saved many audio clips to consider later. Well narrated and presented in a story that I could relate to.

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We separate from each other at our peril.

“...whenever I dehumanize another, I necessarily dehumanize all that is human---including myself.”
― The Arbinger Institute, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

It is seldom I will actually praise a self-help or business-oriented book. They are usually pamphlets expanded, filled with bad writing, cliches, and seem destined to continually try to rebottle old wine. The Arbinger Institute's 'Anatomy of Peace' is a different bird in several ways. It isn't written by one person (although it is largely built from the work of philosopher C. Terry Warner), but rather by an organization. It has its faults and limitations, but is a constructive addition to conflict resolution. It builds on C. Terry Warner's ideas of self-deception, human emotions, and conflcit resolution. C. Terry Warner is a PhD in philosophy and taught for years at BYU so it is natural that the foundations of a lot of Arbinger (a company he founded) is centered around philosophy, theology, and psychology. The foundations of this book look at how understanding others and treating them like humans and not as objects helps us to find peace within, and by doing so leads to better understanding in families, businesses, and nations. It sounds a bit squishier than it is.

Many of the models and even the setting used in this book are familiar to me. The book is set in Arizona (my home state) and is built around a fictional school, Camp Moriah (the book that seems roughly modeled on the Anasazi Foundation, a wilderness program for troubled youth). I should also add that I know the Warner family. I'm good friends with of of C. Terry's daughters and went to high school and university with several of his kids in Utah. He's the real deal, but I might also hold some proximity bias. But whatever bias I hold in favor towards C. Terry Warner should also be balanced by my usual contempt for this type of book. So, I guess it all balances out.

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This book connected to the heart and soul!!!

I love the way the authors taught the concepts of the book via a storyline instead of traditional teaching. This method allows you to engage and reflect and relate to the need for the lessons in the book.

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Felt like a political book - Not a leadership book

I liked the first book “Getting Out of the Box“. That book was about taking ownership and responsibility. This book felt like a political book disguising itself as a leadership book. Extremely left wing view that has nothing to do with leadership. I strongly disliked the book and disagreed with many of the scenarios.

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