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How do you view conflict? (Video)

How do you view conflict? – Transcript

What comes to mind when you hear the word conflict?

If you’re like most people, the first image or thought is probably not a pleasant one. A fight, either verbal or physical, a disagreement between lovers, or a deadly war between nations. They both fit the word, so surely conflict ought to be avoided, right? Or if you do find yourself engaged in conflict, you better win.

If this is your understanding, you’re not alone. But what if I told you conflict didn’t have to be a bad thing. If we consider conflict simply something that happens when we find ourselves engaged in a struggle to satisfy our needs in relation to someone else, then conflict in and of itself doesn’t necessarily have to be good or bad, negative or positive, but rather how we deal with it can lead to outcomes that are generally constructive, or destructive. When we take on conflict as an opportunity, an opportunity to learn, to learn more about ourselves and others and all the other perspectives involved then we just might find that the very basis of the disagreement becomes a goldmine of new and innovative ideas that benefits

When we take on conflict as an opportunity, an opportunity to learn, to learn more about ourselves and others and all the other perspectives involved, then we just might find that the very basis of a disagreement in fact becomes a goldmine of new and innovative ideas that might just benefit everyone.

Sound idealistic? Well, it is. And it’s also realistic if you learn to recognize your natural tendencies and try on a different approach to how you respond to conflict.

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