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Moderating and Minimizing Conflict
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
Moderating and Minimizing Conflict Conflict is a situation in which two or more people realize that they have incompatible objectives due to which they think that they are unable to go along with one another (Himes, 2008). Some conflicts are little that are resolved in no time with a little communication (Cahn & Abigail, 2007); while, some are big enough that a mediation plan is needed to resolve them.
Conflict can be interpreted in two dimensions: the theorist’s perspective of the conflict and the environment where the conflict takes place (Strasser & Randolph, 2004, p.4). The environment may include conflict between individuals or families or nations. The conflict can also be inter-psychic in which the conscious mind and the unconscious mind conflict with each other. How the mediators interpret conflict and its resolution paves the way to their selection of an appropriate approach towards reconciliation. Mediator’s perspectives and how they look at the situation shapes the mediation approach and the resolution process. My conflict style is collaborative. I believe that communication is the best way to resolve a conflict (Cupach et al., 2010) at all levels: personal, cultural, political, organizational or international. I do not like asserting my viewpoints and perspectives on others; instead, I like to listen to other people’s beliefs and disbeliefs. This way, I give the other persosn the opportunity to make their points clear. I invite them to share their views with me. I do not want them to feel ignored or un-listened. ...
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