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Dig Deeper To Resolve Conflict

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Dig Deeper To Resolve Conflict

It is easy for a conversation to get out of hand. One person reacts to another, and then that person reacts to the first. It’s a predictable cycle with a toxic nature and almost always declines in quality as it progresses. Around and around the exchange goes, the participants speaking more loudly, carelessly, and sometimes viciously with each downward rotation.

This cycle is equally toxic when the battle takes place inside us.

When we are in conflict, either within ourselves or with another, it helps to return to what I call our power position, which is to clarify for ourselves, “What I really need in this situation is… .”

To avoid that toxic spiral, mind your own needs and desires. If you can step back, take a deep breath, and check in to see what you actually need or want, then you will know what is driving you. You can get back to what you are trying to communicate in this specific situation.

If the conflict is with someone else, then by returning to your power position you are able to state clearly what you are asking of them. And honestly… isn’t that the greatest gift anyone could ever give us?

If you tell me what you want from me, then I can check in and decide if I can meet that need or not. It gives me a chance to say, “Yes, I can do that” or “No, that won’t work for me,” or if you’re really lucky, “No, that won’t work for me, but what about this…?” Everything is more clear, more manageable, if we know what we need.

The Catch: In order to ask for what you need, in times of conflict and otherwise, you have to know what you really need.

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11:16AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012


12:17PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Thank you for the article.

9:34AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Nyack C. i agree with you...

6:58AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012


1:06PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

confllict is partof life to learn to welcome and approach as a gift is sublime-my conflicts usually arise not from the person-although they may well be the catalyst-but my perceptions or expectations of the person-not voiced or not theirs to give working through some conflicts with one has allowed some of my past hurts to materialize and to learn why they were popping up now-some was my childhood issues some missed opportunities-getting to the point where we can laugh quicker and allow physical contact is the prize but just as sharp is the reminder relationships are fragile and can be broken at imagined slight or unspoken expectations or broken trust therefore the commitment to that relationship is most important bringing up hurts to each other and how something casually said can affect them severely

12:32PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Seems like a worthwhile exercise.

12:24PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

thank u!

10:58AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

"The Catch" ... yes, always the catch. It always seems so easy and straightforward until you come to that darned catch ...

10:04AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

helpful. thanks.

8:31AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

is it the 70's again??? that shirt that lady in the picture is wearing is from like the 70's....and it's very unflattering lol

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