Conflict can be described as the disharmony that arises when an individual’s needs and wants are not met. It can occur at various levels of interaction such as: between friends, within a family and at work.
There are two types of conflict:
The first is Interpersonal – Between yourself and others.
This conflict happens when there is a miscommunication and/or disagreement between people with regards to their needs, ideas, beliefs, goals, or values.
- Opposing ideas between you and your boss
- Disagreements with your colleagues on a project
- Inability to reach an agreement with your partner
- Discrimination issues
The second type of conflict is Intrapersonal: The personal conflict that occurs within oneself. We are all familiar with the feeling of being torn or not at ease over situations.
This type of conflict usually develops from your own ideas, thoughts and emotions.
- When you internally argue with yourself over decisions you are making or on what you “should’ve” or “would’ve” done in a particular situation.
- You have parts of yourself with different ideals and wanting different things such has wanting more adventure and being afraid to take the leap.
- The guilt you feel when you know you haven’t spent your time well and you have a deadline coming up.
If not managed correctly, conflict can lead to undesired and unproductive results. It can be very distressing to experience conflict over longer periods of time.
The team at Aspire Health & Psychology can assist you to learn the skills that are useful in successful conflict resolution. They can help you explore the necessary skills to communicate effectively and also how to become more self-aware of your personal strengths, needs and goals.
To make an appointment with one of the psychologists at Aspire Health & Psychology contact us on (03) 9391 9866.