How Do You Handle Conflict? -Collaborating

This week, Imagine Hope therapist's are discussing the different ways we handle conflict.  If you haven't gotten the chance to read the earlier blog posts, we encourage you to do so.  They contain some great information!  Today we continue the discussion with Collaborating. Collaborating is a healthy way of handling conflict.  This is the opposite of avoiding.  It is deeper than compromise in that the partners dig into the issues to identify the true concerns of the individual.  Then the partners find alternatives to the problem that satisfy both sets of concerns.  The partners explore the disagreement to learn from each other's insights.  They not only solve the problem or find a compromise but talk about their difficulty in getting to that solution in order to avoid the same communication problems again.

Did you recognize what ways you currently handle conflict?  What are the ways you would like to be more effective in conflict resolution?  We hope this week's blog has helped you in answering those questions!

Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.