Reflections on Love and Dignity in Resolving Conflict

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Donna Hicks


The author’s previous work focused attention on the ways that violations of dignity negatively impacted relationships in conflict and on developing ways to address this issue. What emerged after a discussion of the underlying dignity injuries felt by both sides was not only a pathway to resolve the conflict but in addition, an overwhelming sense of inner peace for the participants as well as a newfound intimacy and connection between them. This article explores the positive role that dignity plays in enhancing loving human connection.

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Donna Hicks

Donna Hicks is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has facilitated dialogues in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Libya, and Syria. She has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts trainings seminars in the United States and abroad on dignity leadership and on the role that dignity plays in resolving conflict.