Costs of Infighting
The costs of infighting are wide-ranging, and they include:
Recidivism (advocates abandoning their cause)
Demoralization, despair, and lowered motivation among advocates
Counterproductive advocacy, expressed through “toxic communication,” that turns people off to the cause
Stress-induced psychological and physical problems, such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety
Massive financial losses to organizations and movements
We discuss these costs throughout the website. In this section, we’ll look at two other costs of infighting: the costs to organizations and teams and the financial costs.