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It's All Your Fault season 1, episode 26 • Will Smith: High Conflict or Just Upset?

Will Smith: High Conflict or Just Upset?

The slap heard around the world. Obviously this was a high conflict situation, but was it a one-off incident resulting from a highly stressed person, aka Will Smith? Or two highly stressed people, Smith and comedian Chris Rock? Or did either of them show signs of a potential high conflict personality?

In this episode, Bill and Megan break it down.

  • What could have been happening just before Will walked on stage?
  • What impact did Chris Rock’s responses have on Will and on the situation?
  • Were both of them exhibiting high conflict behaviors? Is there a history on either side showing a high conflict pattern?
  • Did Chris use what ultimately was an EAR Statement?
  • Were the consequences effectuated by the Academy effective?
  • If not, what should happen to effect actual change in high conflict behavior?

This is a behind-the scenes exploration into what could have been happening with Will Smith in this situation. We don’t diagnose. We don’t blame and shame. We just explore and focus on what to do next.

Links & Other Notes

Calming Upset People with EAR

Can High Conflict People Change?

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Note: We are not diagnosing anyone in our discussions, merely discussing patterns of behavior.

  • (00:00) – Welcome to It’s All Your Fault
  • (01:23) – The Slap Heard Around the World
  • (07:28) – Background
  • (08:53) – Recognize and Adapt
  • (12:06) – Chris Rock
  • (14:00) – Breaking Down the Responses
  • (19:15) – What Happened Next
  • (23:12) – Consequences
  • (29:56) – Wrapping Up
  • (30:41) – Reminders & Coming Next Week: Guest Amanda Smith

Hosted by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Megan Hunter, MBA, It’s All Your Fault! High Conflict People explores the five types of people who can ruin your life—people with high conflict personalities and how they weave themselves into our lives in romance, at work, next door, at school, places of worship, and just about everywhere, causing chaos, exhaustion, and dread for everyone else.