chapter  5
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Fourth Step: Complexity Explanations

The present chapter seeks to describe and explain complex conflict behaviour in more detail. It departs from the viewpoint that a conglomeration of behavioural components cannot be described by a single combination of one degree of integration and one degree of distribution; neither can it be explained by a single level of concern for one's own goals combined with a single level of concern for the other's goals. As an introduction, behavioural complexity and some typical examples of behavioural conglomerations are examined. On the basis of this review, predictions of conglomerated behaviour and its consequences will then be worked out. Closing the chapter are two global reports of empirical demonstrations of


No conflict behaviour is completely without complexity. Take a fight. Covert sabotage and hidden coalition formation make it an indirect fight. An underlying intention to reach agreement makes it a hard negotiation. An attempt at defeating the adversary while complying with agreed-upon rules makes it a fair fight. I have even observed the still more complex aggregation of an indirect fight to settle a disagreement in a fair way.