Deconstructing Discord: The Rewards of Effective Communication with Amy Herman & Ed Tronick Ph.D.

Original Air Date Wednesday, March 9, 2021 

Have you given any thought to your problem-solving abilities? When discord arises in personal relationships or business affairs, what strategies do you employ to bring about amicable resolutions? Communication issues can be overcome and in many cases, the resolution can solve problems and reward those involved by building deeper, more intimate relationships.

To deconstruct how to build better relationships through effective communication, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors about the fine points of solving problems and discord in relationships. Amy Herman discusses some structural strategies for solving communications problems through the lens of fine art taken from her book, Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving, and shares examples of how she assists her highly-sensitive clientele. Ed Tronick is a developmental and clinical psychologist who explains the essential elements of the book he co-authored, The Power of Discord: Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships Are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust.

Amy Herman — The Fine Art of Problem-Solving:

  • Amy describes how to solve problems by doing the three things artists do. [2:01]
  • How the process of art relates to the art of problem-solving. [5:49]
  • To inspire growth, reframe questions to elicit answers and emotions people don’t often share. [8:29]
  • Navigating unfamiliar landscapes is a recurring theme in the lessons of Amy’s book, Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving. [21:22]

Woman with black glasses, light hair and red lipstick, guest of podcast episode called Deconstructing Discord: The Rewards of Effective Communication with Amy Herman & Ed Tronick Ph.D.Amy E. Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., a New York-based organization that conducts professional development courses for leaders around the world, from Secret Service agents to prison wardens. An art historian and an attorney, Herman holds a BA in international affairs from Lafayette College, a JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and a MA in art history from Hunter College.

Book: Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving

 

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Ed Tronick Ph.D. — Deconstructing Discord:

  • Ed explains how we handle discord in different types of relationships. [27:20]
  • How discord in a relationship can build effective communication, connection and love. [30:17]
  • The process of repairing our internal discord is an exercise in creative problem-solving. [36:04]
  • The repair of discord makes for something new and special. [50:32]

Man with beige jacket and blue shirt, guest of podcast episode called Deconstructing Discord: The Rewards of Effective Communication with Amy Herman & Ed Tronick Ph.D.Ed Tronick, Ph.D., is a developmental and clinical psychologist. He co-founded the Child Development Unit at Boston Children’s hospital and the Touchpoints Program with T. Berry Brazelton. He is currently a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a Research Associate in Newborn Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Book: The Power of Discord: Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships Are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust

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