One of the most surprising—and shocking and terrifying—things about all high-conflict people (HCPs) is that they attack those closest to them. From those who perpetrate domestic violence to the workplace bully to high-conflict politicians, HCPs turn against those who are on their same team: their family, their community, their party, their nation, and their allies. These are their Targets of Blame. They repeatedly criticize them, laugh at them, publicly ridicule them, damage their property, and harm their relationships; some HCPs even physically assault or kill their Targets of Blame.

I call this high-conflict emotional ...

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