Conflict is a reality in all relationships. We can't avoid it. Many people react and respond so fast to conflict they don't slow down enough to see that they could be creating more of a problem in the long run. This week we challenge you to see if you use more healthy or unhealthy ways to deal with the conflict in your life. You never know, awareness and a few simple changes could make a big difference in how things work out. Compromising This is a healthy way to handle conflict. Both parties feel heard and are able to find a solution mutually acceptable to the both of them. In a nutshell, it's finding a middle ground. To do this well, make sure you stay level headed and don't take things personally. You have to be willing to give a little, rather than be stubborn and try to prove a point. You need to practice empathy and try to feel how what the other person feels about the situation. Try to see why they want what they want, and find a place to meet together in the middle. When both parties do this well, it feels like a win-win situation.
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.