Conflict (see also Competition)

  • Mary E. Hunt


Conflict styles vary both culturally and individually. Women are especially vulnerable to differences in style and can be greatly misunderstood. Racial stereotypes can also determine what others expect from women. For some people, arguing means you care; for others, arguing means that the world is about to explode into violence. Some people seek to engage in conflict as a means of engaging in relationships, while others seek to avoid conflict for fear that it will destroy relationships. For some people, any disagreement with their views is experienced as disrespect. For others, vociferous argument can be a sign of respect for another person’s views, showing that one takes these views seriously.

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