Us versus Them: How Identities and Characterizations Influence Conflict

Publication and Source

Wondolleck, J.M., Gray, B. & Bryan, T. (2003). Us versus Them: How Identities and Characterizations Influence Conflict. Environmental Practice, pp 207-213.

Short Description

Characterization of ourselves and groups of people in general can turn a difference of opinion into an intense conflict. How we view ourselves is central to the conflicts we are involved in. These identities determine the intractability or the resolvability of our conflicts. They can unite us or distinguish us. Shifting frames and the way we view ourselves is an essential process in shifting from intractable to resolvable conflict.