Conflict is healthy and normal, and in most cases can be reconciled by the parties involved. However, sometimes conflict goes unresolved either due to one or more irrational parties or an inability to come to a compromise. In these cases, conflict resolution services can play a helpful role in unraveling disagreements while preserving the relationship between conflicting parties. A third-party conflict resolution counselor can mediate between two or more parties to establish boundaries and facilitate better communication.
Did you know…
that differences in opinions or perceptions are not the problem in most conflicts? Rather, the majority of unsolvable arguments are fueled by personality differences and defense mechanisms. This may include a natural tendency to handle conflicts by shouting, making hurtful comments or generally disrespecting the disagreeing party. By learning to handle differences in a way that shows respect for all parties involved, a solution may be reached that satisfies the disagreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I benefit from conflict resolution?
You might be a candidate for conflict resolution services if you and another party have failed to come to an agreement despite efforts to solve a dispute. Conflict resolution is available for counseling between disagreeing co-workers, friends, and family members.
What should I expect during conflict resolution counseling?
A conflict resolution therapist will work to ensure that all parties participating in conflict resolution counseling feel safe and free to communicate their feelings and viewpoints regarding the disagreement. Guidelines will be established to ensure no one is disrespected or provoked. Each party will be encouraged to try to understand each viewpoint and collaborate to reach a solution that all can agree upon.
What happens after I’ve completed conflict resolution counseling?
Following counseling, you’ll be equipped with tools for effectively and proactively solving future conflicts. You’ll learn how to handle your disagreements in a way that seeks to reach a solution, rather than self-gratification. Keep in mind, however, that learning to resolve conflicts is a learned skill that does not come naturally to many people. Understanding how to manage a disagreement does not mean you will never experience conflict again, but rather that you will face it in a healthy way that respects the best interests of all parties involved.