This was a very interesting and thought-provoking read, particularly living as I do with lots of conflict in my own household (I have an autistic son). Bearing that in mind, although the theory and ideas are great, I feel that in order to do them justice, there have to be many things in place before it can be put into practice. The reason conflicts arise in the first place is because people have different points of view, and the different points of view are often related to different personality types. Different personality types can be flexible, or inflexible; calm or fiery; peaceful or angry and so many variations in between. Other events going on in peoples’ lives will invariably affect moods and actions almost on a minute-by-minute basis. Everybody involved must WANT to find a peaceful resolution, and the more people involved, the more difficult it is to reach that place where this can be achieved. Therefore, to reach a position of discussion and compromise in the first place there are a lot of issues to overcome.
What this book did do for me, was create contemplation and discussion of conflict, compromise and resolution, and I took away from it the conclusion that we have to start somewhere, and if this is the start for me, or any other reader for that matter, then the book has been successful.