© 2011 By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.
The shooting today of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others by a 22-year-old gunman and possible associates, is a trajedy that should be a wakeup call to all of us.
We need to tone down our political rhetoric that turns differences of opinion into extreme, war-like language. We need to avoid treating opponents as “targets of blame” and realize that the steady diet of today’s news and entertainment is teaching our impressionable young people (some of whom may have high conflict personalities with a preoccupation for blaming others) that violence is the way to get attention, solve problems and find meaning in life.
It’s time to shift priorities and media messages to the positive, rather than the negative.
Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, and mediator. He is the co-founder and Training Director of the High Conflict Institute, a training and consultation firm that trains professionals to deal with high conflict people and situations. He is the author of several books and methods for handling high conflict personalities and high conflict disputes with the most difficult people.