Is There a “Negativity Rule” in Politics?

© 2012 By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Don Saposnek, Ph.D In our new book, Splitting America, Don Saposnek and I mention an interesting relationship rule that marriage researchers have discovered. Namely, that healthy and happy marriages have a ratio of positive to negative communications of approximately 5-to-1. According to studies done by marriage experts […]

What Does Splitting Have to Do With Politics?

© 2012 By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. [Excerpted from Splitting America by Bill Eddy and Don Saposnek] We have come to realize that splitting in politics is driven by the same high-conflict behaviors as in family court. And, the result is also the same! “If you are willing to engage in splitting, you can get very far – […]

How Political “Splitting” Encourages Violence

© 2012 By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Don Saposnek, Ph.D In our recent book, Splitting America, we explain the process of “splitting,” which often occurs in high-conflict divorces. After one or both parents 1) repeatedly blames the other entirely for the divorce, 2) repeatedly makes personal attacks (he/she is stupid-evil-and-immoral), and 3) repeatedly uses […]