Conflict–What Is It? The Importance of Conflict Resolution Techniques
Posted Jun 16 2009 10:02pm
Conflict will occur when you do not have respect for the other feelings of another individual or when they do not have respect for you. You can try to deflect conflict by using positive communication skills as discussed in this book. You will know when you are in conflict as it will consist of unproductive, negative communication. If conflict can be briefly defined – that is the perfect definition. While there is good conflict, negative conflict is defined by negative communication. If it continues, it can keep on escalating. Not too many people are happy when they are embroiled in a conflict. While some seem to thrive on drama, they are usually very unhappy people who suffer from an inferiority complex and need to be the center of attention. For the most part, people try to avoid conflict. How do you identify and resolve conflict? For an exercise, try to think of the last time you experienced conflict in your life. It can be something trivial or a major conflict at work or home. Do you remember the events that led up to the conflict? Could you have stopped the conflict before it escalated? How long did the conflict continue? How did you feel while you were experiencing the conflict? Did you feel helpless and want it to end, or did it make you feel energized? How did the conflict end? Was it a positive ending? Who made the first move to end the conflict or was this accomplished by a mediator? Try to imagine yourself in a conflict with a friend, significant other or colleague. Do you see any situation in the near future where you may have some sort of conflict? Are the warning signs there? Can you think of how you would like the conflict to end? Do you know of any techniques that you can use to diffuse the conflict? How do you think these will work? Whenever there is a storm brewing, it is often human nature to go somewhere safe and wait it out. A conflict is like a storm, but instead of hiding out, you are better off to prepare for the storm Conflict—what is it—Conflict resolution techniques It is important for everyone to have conflict resolution techniques. Conflict is sometimes needed to clear the air. As much as you try, you will not be able to avoid every situation that involves conflict. But you can try to resolve conflict without it causing too much damage. Conflict takes its toll on us both mentally and physically.