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Conflict – Different Responses

Everyone encounters conflict at some time or other.  Learning to deal effectively with conflict can make a huge difference in a person's self-esteem and overall happiness.

Consider these three different ways to handle conflict:

  • Avoidance
  • Diffusion
  • Confrontation

Avoidance involves steering clear of places where an antagonist might hang out or remaining in places or situations where the aggressor feels more inhibited.

Diffusion can be described as using distraction techniques, "Hey, why don't we play outside for a while?"

Both of these means of dealing with potential conflict can be very useful and may allow a potential "hot" situation to cool off on its own.

Sometimes, however, you may find that confrontation is necessary.

Identify some situations where avoidance or diffusion would end (or delay) conflict.  What are some occasions when confrontation would be most effective in solving the problem?

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