COMM 240 Test 4 - COMM 240 Test 4 Conflict is o An expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals scarce

COMM 240 Test 4 - COMM 240 Test 4 Conflict is o An...

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COMM 240 Test 4 Conflict is… o An expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources and interference from the other party in achieving their goals Things to consider: o The relationship Manage conflicts differently with different relationships o The situation o The other person o Your goals Goal in the conflict Variables in conflict styles o Gender Men and women approach conflicts differently Adolescent boys tend to use direct aggression Adolescent girls tend to use indirect aggression Gender conflict style is often stereotyped and not always the same Conflict in relational systems o Conflict determined by the way people involved interact o Conflict not just a matter of individual choice o Conflict depends on how partners interact Toxic conflict o Criticism: attack character Attack a personality fault rather than something that happened o Defensiveness: deny responsibility: counterattacks o Contempt: belittles and demeans Shown nonverbally with disgust o Stonewalling: withdrawing, shutting down dialogue More common with men Need to come back to the conversation Silent treatment Symmetrical vs. complimentary o

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