“Hangry” – not just an advertising word, but a concept to consider in our practice?

During my graduate study in conflict resolution, one of the first “rules” I learned as a mediator was to always bring muffins. I thought it odd at the time, but the importance of food in supporting communication opportunities cannot be overemphasized. In so many cultures, communication, learning, and peacebuilding happen over food. Many cultures also use fasting as a way to appreciate and recognize how the basic human needs of food and water have such impact on our lives. I post this here, and on my Facebook page, for students and practitioners to read and contemplate. So many of us work in contexts of deprivation, yet judge others without appreciating the stress we might all be under facing the same deprivation.

The Science of “Hangry” – http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/science-hangry-or-why-some-people-get-grumpy-when-they-re-hungry

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About jbwstocktonnj

Dr. B-W is an interdisciplinary social scientist at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. She teaches courses in conflict resolution, peace and conflict studies, emergency management, homeland security, and criminal justice. She is most interested in addressing community barriers to emergency preparedness and disaster response, as well as integrating conflict resolution practice into humanitarian assistance. Dr. B-W has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, a MA from Northern Illinois University, and a BA from Washington University - St. Louis. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Dr. B-W has conducted anthropological fieldwork around the world, including Ireland, Bulgaria, France, India, China - and, most recently Palestine and Jordan.
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