Session 2 – Conflict Modulation Techniques


Unit 9 – Principle #6: Synchronization and Resonance

Another powerful approach is to use synchronization and resonance in order to modulate the dynamics of conflict. This can be applied both on the physical and psychological levels. 

Synchronization is an approach that is widely used in intersubjective relations and especially in physio- and psychotherapy. The therapist mirrors the behavior and body language of the client in order to build stronger rapport. As a result, if a certain level of trust is established the person who performs synchronization consciously can also modulate the behavior and lead the process elsewhere (“pacing and leading”). 

Practically this can be exemplified by using the same vocabulaly as the other side, mirroring their behavior, their movement properties (speed, amplitude, dynamics) to the extent that makes them comfortable in the newly established system. Then, once this rapport has been established, the one who is pacing can introduce new behaviors into the system, thus leading the conflict towards deceleration or changing the direction of its development.

The principle of synchronization can also be used for synchronizing internal rhythms of the body in order to deal with stress. Research have shown that “calm” or stable states of mind/body are characteristic of pink noise / fractal scaling (meaning that there is some interaction between processes at the background – e.g. phase synchronization). While states of distress and anxiety were associated with white noise (disassociation of various processes). A technique often used in many different physical practices works through introduction of a powerful rhythmical pattern into a system in order to bring various desynchronized frequencies in relation to one another.

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Resonance is a another approach to modulate intersubjective relationship. Here the emphasis is made on amplifying the existing tendencies within a system. For example, if a movement is made towards a certain direction, resonance approach will provide more push in that same direction, which may eventually bring the system out of balance or guide it towards a new temporary equilibrium.  

On the practical level resonance would imply saying “Yes” instead of “No” in an argument, but in such a way that takes the opposing side’s intention even further. A good example of this approach is so-called “Accelerationism”, which intends to dismantle capitalist system by amplifying self-destructing elements within in. 

Of course, a combination of synchronization and resonance may also work very powerfully because it helps establish the center of the system and to take control of it and to then bring the system towards deceleration or towards a new state of non-equilibrium stability.