Dave Finlay wrote:
Would you say there was any clear cut way that this methodology is translatable into non-physical situations?
Terry Dobson's book "Giving In to Get Your Way: Aikido in Everyday Life" is IMO the best explanation of applying these concepts to non-physical situations. As Dobson notes in the revised Preface, it was written when "systems" were in vogue, so you have to read past the "Attack-tics" terminology, but blending, entering, redirecting, getting off the line, it's all in there.
And what's more, it's about conflict resolution
, not avoiding confrontation. A lot of what I read about aikido in everyday life is really about the latter, even though avoiding confrontation is a pretty regular part of Japanese culture, and not really unique to aikido.