How To Deal With Difficult Neighbors, According To A Conflict Expert

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What is BATNA?

Peterman explains, “BATNA means best alternative to a negotiated agreement. Essentially, it makes you ask yourself, ‘If I do not come to a resolution with this person today, what is my best alternative?’ In the situation with the drag racers, if you cannot reach an understanding with them, what are your options?  What can you control?” She’s referring to my telling her our new neighbors enjoy drag racing up and down our quiet suburban street. Things I can control might involve, petitioning the city to add speedbumps, warning other neighbors to be careful when walking because of this new behavior, and getting great earplugs.

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