Once formed, enemy images tend to resist change, and serve to perpetuate and intensify the conflict. Because the adversary has come to be viewed as a "diabolical enemy," the conflict is framed as a war between good and evil. Once the parties have framed the conflict in this way, their positions become more rigid. In some cases, zero-sum thinking develops as parties come to believe that they must either secure their own victory, or face defeat. New goals to punish or destroy the opponent arise, and in some cases more militant leadership comes into power.
that hurts you,” Berger says, “is sitting on yourself. Not letting yourself connect with your own feelings. It is screwing you up, leading you off on chases that don’t go anywhere (225). This quote shows that Berger really understands what Con is having issues with, and also how to help Con get through the tough times. If Con didn’t have Berger at that time, he could have taken matters into his own hands, and let his anger out on himself; instead of out loud to Berger. He could have physically hurt himself, and possibly attempted at committing suicide; following in Karen’s footsteps. Although Berger is a good friend and mentor towards Con, he needs someone his age, someone the same to Karen in gender; to help him get thorough the hard times.