Feb 11, 2020
Conflict is an inevitable part of committed relationships, marriages, partnerships, or even in our relationships with family and friends. Yet many of us avoid it. We don’t know how to properly open ourselves to conflict, let alone handle it properly. But conflict, when managed constructively, can be a source of growth and connection between all disagreeing parties involved. We need to understand and cultivate the tools we can use to transform conflict into a constructive experience.
Today, I discuss what makes conflict healthy, how to foster it, and how we can benefit from it. I describe how parents can better manage conflict with their teenagers as well as the role of intent in resolving disagreements. I share communication tools you can use to get through disagreements and arguments. I also explain why we shouldn’t aim to win an argument and instead aim to gain insight into ourselves and understand our partners.
“The goal of healthy conflict is to get understanding for your relationship to grow, for more intimacy, for more closeness.” - Pripo Teplitsky
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Theme music “These Streets” provided by Adi the Monk