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Group-Conflict Resolution: Sources Of Resistance To Reconciliation, Erin O'Hara O'Connor Apr 2009

Group-Conflict Resolution: Sources Of Resistance To Reconciliation, Erin O'Hara O'Connor

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In the past few years a number of scholars in a variety of intellectual disciplines have contributed to a better understanding of dyadic conflicts and their resolution. In particular, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, lawyers, and others have explored the dynamics of apology and its role in deescalating disputes and promoting forgiveness and reconciliation. Furthermore, we have a better understanding today of the benefits to individuals from forgiveness and reconciliation. Victims who are able to forgive their transgressors have better psychological and physical health and lead richer lives.2 Because lawyers tend to focus their attentions on legal disputes, a growing body of …