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Elbow Room (#106)

An office worker arrives bright and early, ready for another day on the job. But wait, there's a new co-worker sitting in a chair uncomfortably close. Pretty soon, elbows are bumping, ink is spilling, and tempers are flaring. Elbow Room demonstrates four common approaches to interpersonal tensions: retreat, aggression, denial and — finally — negotiation. [8 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Lively, humorous and poignant, the award-winning ShowPeace series is one of the most flexible conflict resolution tools available because the animated characters in the films do not speak. Because they are non-human,” they are ageless and genderless. Everyone can enjoy the pithy (and quirky!) commentary on conflict that these films offer. Each film also draws out an important conflict resolution lesson.

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