Routledge has just published Tim Hicks’ new book Embodied Conflict: The Neural Basis of Conflict and Communication. The book explains how the fundamental brain function of encoding perceptual experience in dynamic neural structures is at the root of much of our conflict experience. Characteristics of the neural encoding function, the basis of learning, memory, cognition, and identity, help to explain conflict in our social relations and why some conflicts are difficult to prevent and resolve. Embodied Conflict presents the neural encoding function in layman’s terms, outlining seven key characteristics and exploring their implications for communication, relationship, and conflict resolution.
Early reviews include:
“Practical, accessible, easy to read, and yet deeply rooted in science, Tim Hicks has written an extremely valuable book for conflict specialists or for anyone struggling to understand the conflicts they face in life. Starting from the premise that ‘an understanding of the neural workings of the brain’ will help us to better understand and intervene in conflict, Hicks walks us carefully through an understanding of essential concepts of neural science and then applies these both broadly and specifically to how we can understand what happens in conflict and how we can use this understanding in very practical ways. This is a very valuable addition to our understanding of conflict.”