While I appreciate that we live in a world with finite resources and competing interests, too often it seemed that pushing
for a particular position was more important than preserving the sense of our belonging to a community. Examples that come
to mind are the invitation of Desmond Tutu to speak at the annual meeting Convocation, concerns about ABPN certification requirements,
and the development of DSM-5. With all of these issues, there are very good reasons that colleagues may hold opposing views. But conflict is all in how
you manage it, and we too often manage it in a way that discourages communication and erodes our group identity. We can do
better than that, and the field, our patients, and our communities would be better served if we did.