Chapter 11: What Contribute To A Conflict?

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We started chapter 11 on conflict on April 18th. We learn what is a conflict, what contributes to a conflict, myths about conflicts and a class activity where we found win-win solutions to different conflicts. In addition, we talk about the new schedule and when most things should be summited.

I always thought that a conflict was a fight or discussion that could end up in negative circumstances. Nonetheless, in class I learned that conflicts are neutral that what actually makes the difference is how we deal with them. For example, I might have a conflict with my father about sports, if I get mad when he says that the Philadelphia Phillies are the best team in baseball, I would be taking the conflict negatively by getting upset from his opinion. On the other hand, if I just think that my father is just a fanatic who sees his team as the best, I would be dealing with the conflict in a positive way by respecting his opinion about his favorite team. The good part about conflict is that the individuals who take part of it are interconnected by a specific subject, but each individual perceives other’s opinions as barriers against a goal or their beliefs. For instance,
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Even though it is good to be away from problems, conflicts can get worse if we avoid them. For example, I would feel bad if I don’t like the way my fiancé talks to me and she tries to avoid my point of view whenever I try to touch the subject; I will fell that my opinions and feelings don’t matter if a person I have a conflict with doesn’t like to talk about our problem. Another myth about conflicts is that conflicts damage interpersonal relationships; as I stated before, conflicts are neutral, we are the ones who with our actions make the conflicts positive or negative. Moreover, conflicts don’t show our negative self or need to have a winner and a loser; conflicts are just different point of views that we have with the ones that surround
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