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High Conflict in the Schools: Tips for Teachers and Parents

High Conflict in the Schools: Tips for Teachers and Parents

In the world of high conflict there’s always something new—almost! Now teachers have become the new targets of blame for everything from which books teachers are using to when teachers take their breaks. With the school year about to begin anew, we would like to extend a lot of empathy and respect for the hard work that teachers do and suggest a few tips for teachers and parents. (I might add that my own teaching experience was as a Kindergarten teacher for four years, where I first learned about high conflict behavior in the 1970’s, and continues now as a law school adjunct professor, where I teach how to deal with high conflict behavior in legal disputes.)

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Putin Attacking Ukraine: Is this Malignant Narcissism? If so, Can We Predict His Future Actions?

Putin Attacking Ukraine: Is this Malignant Narcissism? If so, can we predict his future actions?

High Conflict Institute is committed to understanding high conflict personalities and training people for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. We are aghast at the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin and our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine.

What kind of personality would promote such heartless, destructive action against a people who have done him no harm? There is a special kind of personality that this suggests, which is the most dangerous and untreatable condition, according to the highly regarded Otto Kernberg, a psychoanalyst who studied this condition for most of his life and helped define it: malignant narcissism.

This personality may look unhinged at times, but someone with this personality grows more and more dangerous with time and must be understood in order to stop him. While I should not diagnose someone I have never met, I feel that we must now operate on the likelihood that Putin has this personality and is revealing who he always was and who he is becoming. If he has this disorder, he is entirely predictable. Put simply, he cannot stop himself from this malignancy. It grows like a cancer.

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