Questions like “I wonder …” and “what if …” are the heart and soul of science. I’m not modeling anything. I’m asking a leading question. If we observe something about interpersonal conflict, does it apply to intrapersonal conflict?
We have many times drawn the parallel the opposite way, in the proposal that participants in a conflict should ‘go up a level’ (actually, two levels) to resolve it.
As to examples, pick any of the examples of conflict given in the MoL literature. The experience of being incompetent at controlling variables that matter is a common theme throughout.
If interpersonal conflict gives rise to the emergent appearance that a ‘virtual controller’ is controlling at the observed reference level, but interpersonal conflict does not, why not? Could we model inter- and intrapersonal conflict in a way that predicts and explains such a difference? At present, a model of conflict is a model of conflict, no difference.
Or you could make the question go away by denying the premise. That beef is with Kent and Martin, not with me.
Of course conflict is not the only occasion for the appearance of there being a virtual controller. When we name a social institution as an agent we’re invoking the notion of a virtual controller.
The city highway department should fix these potholes.
But this is a state road. You’ll have to complain the state department of transportation.
I’m taking it straight to to the governor’s office!
Why don’t you write a letter to the papers, get public opinion behind you.