SPLITTING AMERICA: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce – By Bill Eddy and Don Saposnek
This book is a warning to voters and politicians that current poliarizations risks long-term harm to our nation. This book compares the same 5 traits of high-conflict divorces to today’s politics. The High-Conflict Politician Score Card is included! The authors note that the kind of negative behavior we are seeing in politics increases conflict rather than reducing or resolving it. What’s worse, it’s like a virus, infecting others who are exposed to it, leading the rest of us to act it he same manner.
Authors Don Saposnek and Bill Eddy hope their book will help change the destructive direction in which our country seems to be headed. They want us to avoid the “nasty divorce” that would hurt our nation and strive instead to seek common ground and understanding. After all, we are the American Family. Splitting America is for anyone who is disturbed by the current political situation and wants to do something about it!
Listen here as Bill Eddy and Don Saposnek talk about Splitting America.
Watch televised interview with co-author, Bill Eddy, here.
Publication date: 2012
Authors: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Don Saposnek, PhD
Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.
As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:
High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdown
He is also the developer of the “New Ways for Families” method of managing potentially high conflict families in and out of family court. He is currently developing a method for managing potentially high conflict employees titled “New Ways for Work.”
Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D. is a clinical-child psychologist, child custody mediator and family therapist in private practice for over 40 years, and is a national and international trainer of mediation and child development. For the past 35 years, he has been teaching on the psychology faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is the author of the classic book, Mediating Child Custody Disputes and has published extensively in the professional literature on child custody and child psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the Family Court Review and Conflict Resolution Quarterly journals and is the editor of the international Academy of Professional Family Mediators’ The Professional Family Mediator. As director of Family Mediation Service of Santa Cruz, he managed the family court services for 17 years and has mediated nearly 5,000 child custody disputes in both the public and private sectors since 1977. For more information about Don Saposnek, please visit: www.mediate.com/dsaposnek
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