Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What does 'Arbinger' mean?
“Arbinger” is a derivative of the word “harbinger”. It means “one that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.”
The Arbinger Institute is a forerunner or “harbinger” of change.
Q.Why doesn't Arbinger list author names on its publications?
We publish everything in the name of the company for three main reasons.
1. We want to keep the focus on Arbinger’s ideas and not on personalities.
2. Writing is but one of many important tasks that are performed at Arbinger and we feel that those who write are no more important than those who contribute in other ways. Additionally, the writing Arbinger produces is always deeply collaborative and never the result of individual effort.
3. And finally, writing anonymously helps us – individually and as an organization – to avoid the traps and pitfalls of ego. We don’t want to undermine the power of the ideas in any way, so we won’t allow ourselves to get in their way.
Q. Are Arbinger's theories based on a particular philosophical or psychological school of thought, or any specific religious beliefs?
Arbinger’s theories have grown out of a rigorous and decades-long study of philosophy. For an overview of where Arbinger fits in the history of Western philosophy and psychology, visit our Intellectual Foundations page.
For an explanation of the scholarly foundations of Arbinger’s work, you can read our white paper, Intellectual Foundations of Arbinger Training and Consulting.
Arbinger is composed of people who have been trained in business, law, economics, philosophy, the family, education, coaching, and psychology. They come from diverse cultural backgrounds and from all religious and nonreligious traditions and belief systems.
What they share is a deep understanding and passion for the ideas underlying Arbinger’s work; a compelling model of human understanding that offers people a common language around which to mobilize their work and with which to talk about and settle their differences, whatever their cultures, races, classes, religions, and beliefs.
Q. How can I explain Arbinger's work to others?
One way to introduce Arbinger to others is to send them a link to Arbinger’s New To Arbinger Video. If they like to read, you might invite them to read either Leadership & Self Deception or The Anatomy of Peace. Both books are compelling introductions to Arbinger’s work.
Alternatively, you could describe the distinction Arbinger makes between our outward behaviors and our way of being with others. Then you could explain that Arbinger’s work equips people to understand and effect change at the level of the way of being.