Mihika had recently joined a drama club. Given the diverse nature of members, each had their own creative ideas but would often work together on a common script, so naturally there would be times when students would have disagreements. Mihika would feel extremely uncomfortable with these conflicts. Even in her personal relationships, if she felt like voicing her opinion would cause dispute, she would avoid it. Additionally, if something did lead to friction, she would feel extremely overwhelmed. So much so that she would go quiet and then later get frustrated with herself about all things she wished she would have said. She wanted to find a way to effectively navigate these situations...Initiation
Conflicts, although uncomfortable, are an inevitable part of most relationships. You may have found yourself in conflict with your roommates, classmates, friends, or family members as well. When handled appropriately, conflicts can actually help make relationships stronger. Conflicts provide an opportunity for us to better understand our own beliefs, actions, and needs as well as the other person’s. Learning healthy resolution skills can be one of the most valuable interpersonal skills we can learn.
Some things to keep in mind while you do so.
Avoid taking one conversation as an opportunity to resolve everything that bothers you. Which event has triggered this conflict? Focus on stating that. Breaking down bigger issues into smaller ones can help too.
Take some steps to calm everyone down and reduce the hurt. Try using phrases like "Let me try again," and "I'm sorry" or taking some time to calm down before coming back to the conversation.