Conflict Resolution

Two people arguingConflict will happen in a relationship.  You can take action to minimize the conflict – chose a partner who has similar values, don’t sweat the small stuff, keep the romance going – but arguments will still happen.  You need two things to resolve conflict.

Win-Win

Stop thinking in terms of win-lose and start thinking in terms of win-win.  You must be willing to be flexible and together come up with a solution that makes both of you happy.  This may take some negotiation and creativity.

Communication Skills

To resolve the conflict happily for both people requires skills.  You must be able to state your needs and wants without triggering you partner to become defensive.  You must be able to listen to your partner without becoming defensive.  The key is assertive behavior.  Are you Assertive, Passive or Aggressive?

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