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Lesson 1 ppt pt 2 - CAS404 LessonOne THENATUREOFCONFLICT

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CAS 404 Lesson One
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THE NATURE OF CONFLICT "Conflict is the interaction of interdependent  people who perceive incompatibility and the  possibility of interference from others as a result  of this incompatibility" (p. 4). Perceived  interdependence, incompatibility of goals, and  interference in achieving goals by those with  whom one is in an interdependent relationship  are all essential for conflict (at least, so-called  "realistic conflict") to exist. Conflict occurs in the following arenas:  interpersonal relationships, groups, and  intergroup settings (pp. 5-7).
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THE NATURE OF CONFLICT "Realistic conflicts" are about differences in  views concerning means to ends and/or ends  themselves; "nonrealistic conflicts" are  expressions of aggression, the purposes of which  are to do harm to others or to "win" (pp 7-8). The  latter type reveals a lack of concern about  substantive and/or procedural issues or the well- being of the other party (as when one is asserting  authority only for the purpose of showing "who is  boss").
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THE NATURE OF CONFLICT Nonrealistic conflicts are seldom, if ever,  productive, except when the only reasonable  purpose is "winning" or harming the other party.  Realistic conflicts are not necessarily productive  but can be when the parties involved feel that  they both (all) can achieve goals important to  them, when solutions are identified that the  parties find at least to be satisfactory, and when  competition has as its aim finding superior  solutions, not winning per se.
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Lesson 1 ppt pt 2 - CAS404 LessonOne THENATUREOFCONFLICT

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