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The Brain Science Behind Conflict Resolution

Posted on Mar 24 2011 under Emotional Triggers, Previous Programs

Advances in brain research has given us a window into understanding the nature of conflict and effective remedies. When we understand how our brain works and how it processes conflict, we are better equipped to manage conflict and establish effective remedies. Join us as we explore the fascinating workings of our brain and how we can use neuroscience to increase our insight and improve our ability to manage conflict.


Anna Tyrrell is a licensed social worker, a licensed professional counselor, and a trained mediator. She has worked for the last 30 years with people experiencing a high degree of interpersonal conflict, from victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse and those affected by bullying and mistreatment, to parents engaged in difficult divorces and others involved in everyday relationship challenges. Anna currently is a Parenting Coordinator for the domestic relations court in Lake County Ohio, an adjunct professor of psychology at Lake Erie College, where she teaches physiological psychology, and she has a private practice providing counseling, mediation and parenting coordination services.

For more information on Anna Tyrrell

Your Assignment Listeners:

Think about a conflict situation. When you think about it or are confronted by it pay attention to your body. Do a body scan. Where does the stress get triggered in your body? What thoughts or emotions come up for you? Which of those thoughts are played from old tapes or as Anna would say your ANTS (“Automatic Negative Thoughts). What would make you feel better about this? What are some ways to reduce the physical stress and feel better?

Remember accessing the thinking part of your brain is important to cooling down your reaction to conflict. So consider journaling or writing about the above assignment.

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