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Can movement from Conflict to Mistake theorist be facilitated effectively?

by SamLibDem1 min read3rd Jun 20195 comments


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What are the common push and pull factors that facilitate an individuals movement from Conflict theorist to Mistake theorist? What are the transitional positions and how can they best be described? Can a technique be created to facilitate this transition?

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Can a technique be created to facilitate this transition?

The first part of any such “technique” would have to be some demonstration that “mistake theory” is more correct than “conflict theory”—or, indeed, that either of them, or even the dichotomy itself, is a sensible and accurate way of describing the world. Are you in possession of such a demonstration? If so, I would be interested in seeing it!

To what extent are these just features of low-trust and high-trust environments?

Assuming that these dimensions are the same, here's my incomplete list of things that modulate trust levels:

  • Group size (smaller is easier to trust)
  • Average emotional intelligence
  • The quality of group memes that relate to emotions
  • Scarcity mindsets
  • The level of similarity of group members
  • Group identity

Some of these might screen off others. This model suggests that groups with healthy discourse tend to be small, affluent, emotionally mature and aligned.

Apart from social effects I get the impression that there are also psychological factors that modulate the tendency to trust, including:

  • Independence (of those that disagree)
  • Ambiguity tolerance
  • Agreeableness


Different answer: one thing that I've seen work is to meet someone offline. People tend to be a lot more considerate after that