There’s science behind it. Humans are naturally drawn to leaders who emphasize the negative. Harvard research shows that fear is one of the most powerful base instincts leaders use to manipulate people in distress.
I’ve been intrigued by the work of Bill Eddy, expert in high-conflict personalities, and recent author of Trump Bubbles: The Rise and Fall of High-Conflict Politicians. He has a ton of insight into how Trump ticks, and has predicted with amazing accuracy a lot of Trump’s behavior during this campaign. I asked him to join me for an interactive discussion about what we can learn about conflict and leadership from the presidential candidates. Since we are both behavioral health clinicians, we also took a look at the situation through that lens.
We solicited questions from listeners in advance and attempted to answer as many of these questions as we could. We also analyze what’s going on with this election, and make predictions about what’s going to happen. Were we right? Or did we miss it? Listen to this FREE podcast of our discussion and get insights into topics such as:
- What are the behavioral patterns of high-conflict personalities?
- Why is it ineffective to apply the same standards to both candidates?
- What role has the media played in framing conflict?
- Why has this election been so polarizing?
- How could each candidate push the other one’s buttons?
- Has anything like this happened before in our history?