Why fight? Negative escalation appears to be rooted in gut reactions

When someone lashes out in an argument, are they doing so to strategically end the conflict? Or are they simply acting rashly, without considering the consequences? According to new research from University of Chicago scholars, negative escalation is more often rooted in impulsive gut reactions—suggesting that many conflicts could be avoided with more deliberate thought and consideration of future consequences. “People are often motivated by retribution, even if they themselves don’t realize...

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