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Verbal judo is a communications approach developed by Dr. George Thomson that is taught to a number of professionals from a wide range of disciplines including education, management, and law enforcement. The theory behind verbal judo is much the same as found in traditional, martial arts judo. That is, the energy of the “attacker” is converted and used against them. In much the same way, students of verbal judo are taught to use the tactics of the person with whom they are trying to communicate to make headway in a discussion. Dr. Thomson emphasizes that individuals use the tactics learned to be aware of their own behavior while analyzing that of other people in order to maintain a comfortable relationship. In addition, verbal judo also establishes a set of communication principles used to generate cooperation and gain voluntary compliance from others despite stressful conditions. Dr. Thomson also sets forth three primary training goals: The first is safety and is built on the premise that the use of words to solve a conflict minimizes the chance of the
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