La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits in urban Los Angeles. Natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the tar preserved the bones of trapped animals. Since 1906, more than one million bones have been recovered, representing over 231 species of vertebrates.
The tar pits represent high conflict. It sucks you in and traps you. Before you know it, you have become the next victim.
Avoiding the conflict tar pit and breaking free from it is the focus of High Conflict by Amanda Ripley.
Not all conflict is bad. I've previously shared how task conflict leads to better solutions. High Conflict is a trap. Winning the conflict becomes the focus, not the outcome. In this conflict, people make more errors of judgement. It's hard to stay curious when you are outraged.
High conflict shares 5 ways you can break free from this trap.