Sample Psychology Coursework Paper on Interpersonal Conflict

Interpersonal Conflict

Interpersonal conflicts are a reality that strengthens and weakens relationships and tends to occur in all levels of interaction. In dealing with interpersonal conflict, I always have a preference to talk it out most often face-to-face. This form of communication is virtually effective in most relationships since it allows dynamic exchange of information through other gestures like body language. I am also able to gather non-verbal cues from the other person (Amanda, 2015).

I am unable to apply face-to-face technique in all my relationships since some relationships are more formal than others are, while others are more distant. Therefore, organizing face to face may be cumbersome for me in some instances. Face-to-face technique is effective in family and marriage relationships where the relationship is informal and the other person is close (Ahmadi, 2008).

I mediate conflicts in different relationships through diverse methods; namely, defusing, exploration, and empathy methods. Defusing technique is applicable when conflicting with co-workers, since it demands that I agree with the person to move to healthier conflict resolution. I may simply agree with the other person’s perspectives. This does not however imply that I compromise my own principles. Empathy technique is effective as it enables the other party discern that I understand their feelings. This is at times necessary to end emerging conflict (Amanda, 2015). Exploration is another quite effective method I apply in gathering information from my junior staff members. From the questions I raise, I am capable of perceiving the thoughts and feelings of the other member. I am besides able to understand wholly what is in the mind of the conflicting member. These techniques are all effective save for singular scenarios. Variations in applying these techniques are dependent on the gender, individual differences, and the type of conflicts. Cultural and personality variations are other factors affecting forms of conflict resolution.


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Amanda, J. (2015). Psychology Applied to Modern Life. Boston: Cengage Learning