Sleeping With the (Political) Enemy

By SHEILA HEEN
Published in The New York Times on November 1, 2012

YOU put a political sign in your yard to signal your views, your tribe. You want to be understood by those of like minds as well as by those whose minds you do not like.

In certain climates these signs multiply nightly, on a quadrennial mating cycle. They spread in sympathy or opposition in neighborhoods and along culverts. Decided citizens declare their species.

When your own yard contradicts your truth, it rankles.

Read the rest of Sheila Heen’s NYT article here.

 

Sheila Heen teaches in the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School and is an author of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.