COMS 560 Communications and Conflict
Interaction Paper #2
Over time conflict has become a grand challenge for many individuals. Conflict occurs because there is a division in society that carries over into individual’s interpersonal relationships. According to Cahn and Abigail, interpersonal conflict is defined as a “problematic situation” (3). Moreover, interpersonal conflict has four unique characteristics. These unique characteristics are what create a problematic situation because the partners usually seek different outcomes or they favor “different means to the same end” (Cahn & Abigail 4). There are many different forms of conflict. Conflict can take place at work, in the church, school, and in families. However, the main focus is on conflict families and how to deal with conflict within families.
Majority of conflict that occurs in families are usually over relationship issues. Relationship issues involve, boundaries, and norms set forth by the hierarchy in the family; whether it is a patriarch or a matriarch. The social problem posed by family conflict to the physical and psychological health and well-being of children, parents, and underlying family relationships is a cause for concern. Inter-parental and parent-child conflict are linked with children's behavioral, emotional, social, academic, and health problems, with children's risk particularly elevated in distressed marriages. Issues of conflict that are not resolved peacefully can lead to arguments and resentment. Nevertheless, it is normal to disagree with each other from time to time. Occasional conflict is part of family life. However, ongoing conflict can be stressful and damaging to relationships. Some people find it difficult to manage their feelings and become intentionally hurtful, aggressive or even violent. Communicating in a positive way can help reduce conflict so that family members can reach a peaceful resolution. This usually means that everyone agrees to a compromise or agrees...