What Are Conflict And Confrontation?
It may seem obvious, but conflict happens when two or more people disagree on something that affects them both. Confrontation is when is similar to conflict but is more hostile. It’s a more tense dynamic and can sometimes turn violent, either physically or verbally.
These situations can unfold anywhere in life. Sometimes it happens between family members during emotionally tense times like the death of a loved one. Other times it can happen in the schoolyard between students who are challenged by each other. Sometimes it can take place in the office amongst employees, managers or executives. Wherever it takes place, whatever age it happens at, there are similarities amongst all conflict and confrontation.
Typically some beliefs lead people down a path of conflict;
- A sense of superiority
- A discomfort being vulnerable
- Distrust for others
- A dynamic of opposing ideas
Some common areas of conflict are:
- In the workplace amongst colleagues
- Between executives or managers and their team
- Between romantic couples
- Amongst family members (Especially around highly emotional events)
- Directly between siblings
- At school between students (usually called bullying)
- In learning situations between the student and teacher
- Between rivals or competitors in business
When conflict happens at home, it can affect life at work. When conflict arises at work, it can affect life at home. The two go hand-in-hand as much as you may try to separate them. Addressing and resolving conflict can have a ripple effect throughout all aspects of your life. It can bring you back to your focus and your top priority so you can progress forward without the distraction, worry and concern.
The effects of conflict and confrontation can be:
- Anxiety and panic
- Depression and despair
- Ongoing resentment and frustration
- Difficulty concentrating on priorities
- Learning difficulties and unable to absorb information
- A chronic state of stress
- Anti-social behaviour
- Poor quality sleep
- Run-down immune system and physical wellness
- An inability to handle varying levels of stress
Bullying dynamics can impact people for a long time. Long after the event of bullying took place. Some people struggle to move on, especially in more intense situations. This is because we’re not taught how to navigate these situations effectively, people tend to make up their own solutions which can help them get over the initial challenge but eventually starts to work against their intentions later in life. Again, resolving these conflicts, whether they’re in the past or present, can have a profound impact on your life and lift the weight of the challenge connected with it.
It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
When the challenges around conflict and confrontation are resolved, the results can be powerful. The breakdown in communication, the lack of understanding, the vicious cycles of arguments can come to an end when the underlying cause of the conflict is revealed.
This can be hard to reveal without asking insightful questions and having someone to mediate the concerns. Bringing fresh eyes and ears to a tense dynamic can help discharge the situation and get to the bottom of the issue.
Whatever the issue is, however big the conflict is, no matter how tense things have become and no matter how long the conflict has been going for, there is a solution to the problem. It can change everything, including the relationship you have with your challenger, other people involved and most importantly yourself. Resolving whatever the conflict is will help you understand what you want from yourself, from others and form life, even when it seems trivial.
It’s Time To Get A Handle On It
If you’re ready to resolve the conflict and confrontation in your life, then be sure to contact me. I’m here to help you the best way I can. If you have any questions before working with me, I’d be happy to answer them during a phone call or Skype conversation. That way, I can get a clear understanding of your situation and determine if I can help you the way you deserve. It also gives you a chance to get to know me and my style before committing to anything.