Learn the art of conversation, with comedian Pete Holmes

We have a new range of skills coming to Big Think Edge this week, including communication, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.

  • At Big Think Edge this week, we delve into ways you can make your conversations sing. So to speak.
  • Learn a valuable lesson about psychopaths, from diagnosed psychopath (and neuroscientsit) James Fallon.
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How to make the most of meetings, with Tim Ferriss, Elon Musk, and Carson Tate

Join Big Think's premium video learning platform, Big Think Edge, and learn skills that will propel your life and career.

  • What are subscribers learning this week? Tim Ferriss explains why the smartest person in the room may be the person least afraid to look dumb.
  • In one of our Deep Dives, learn how the quality of our future lives will depend on the answers to 3 technology questions.
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Join Big Think's premium video learning platform, Big Think Edge, and learn skills that will propel your life and career.

  • A former clandestine operative reveals a CIA method for reading an adversary's mind.
  • Game theory exposes the two best tactics for winning a negotiation.
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Big Think Edge: Learn 3 new skills this week

Three new lessons and experts join Big Think's premium video learning platform, Big Think Edge.

  • In this week's trio of Big Think Edge videos, it's all about mastery, whether you want to be a master explainer, master presenter, or a master problem-solver.
  • A great explanation can only come from a deep understanding of your topic, says Mihir Desai. Want your slide shows to excel? Nancy Duarte's got your strategy. That mind-boggling problem won't be so impossible to resolve once you distill it to its essence, says Po-Shen Loh.
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Dealing with High-Conflict People

Recognize the Patterns of High-Conflict Personalities

  • High-conflict personalities demonstrate a pattern of behavior that increases conflict rather than reducing or resolving it.
  • These patterns include blaming others, all-or-nothing mindsets, unmanaged emotions, and extreme behaviors.
  • By learning to recognize these patterns in others and/or yourself, you can navigate these minefields more safely, or better yet, defuse them.