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Using dialectical thinking in conflict resolution

Discover 3 ways to approach conflict resolution

Season 1, episode 8
4 min / Published
By Evrard

Dave Mitchell describes 3 ways to approach conflict resolution: universalism, particularism and dialectical thinking. Find out why he advocates dialectical thinking.

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Using dialectical thinking in conflict resolution 

with Dave Mitchell 

In a hilltop conversation in ancient Greece, there is a person who believes in seeking a single truth—universalism, one who believes that each person has their own truth—relativism, and finally a third person who feels that each person knows a part of the truth and they should talk to each other to understand the full picture. That third person is using dialectical thinking. 


Dialectical thinking means taking the other person as reasonable and then looking to see why their truth differs from our own.  

It means seeking to broaden our views and can be valuable for understanding larger truths as well as ourselves.  

Apply this: 

  • How can you better understand your colleagues’ points of view? 
  • How can you share your own point of view so that it is likely to be heard and understood?  
  • What could the benefits be of doing these two things? 

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