5 types of conflict: relationships

relationship conflicts Relationship conflicts arise based on the negative experiences of the parties with each other. When negative emotions such as hatred or disgust become instilled in the behavior patterns of the parties toward each other, the negative pattern itself becomes the explicit basis for the conflict. In this type of conflict, the parties may […]

5 types of conflict: value

value conflicts Emotion and issues of morality are to the front in values-based conflicts. Emotion and morality position are based in differences of ideology, religion and culture. When these types of difference are present, the parties may resort to biased stereotyping and hold misconceptions that affect their interpretation of the behaviors and ideas of the […]

5 types of conflict: factual

Factual Conflicts Factual Conflicts arise when different types and levels of information is available to the parties: method of data collection interpretation of data incorrect or inaccurate data missing data Even if there is transparency and parity in the data available to all parties, the parties themselves may interpret the data differently in terms of […]

5 Types of Conflict: Structural

Structural Conflicts A structural conflict is borne out of constraints in the environment in which the problem is situated, and are either internal to the conflict or external to the conflict. Internal dynamics in structural conflicts arise based on the prior destructive behavior of the parties toward each other, an unequal allocation of resources, and […]

5 types of conflict: Interest

Interest Conflicts Interest conflicts involve things that cannot be split and goals that are mutually exclusive. If I want to drive the convertible to the beach this weekend, you cannot have it to drive around town while I am away. The exclusivity may be real (as above), or perceived. In perceived exclusivity, alternative to the […]

5 types of conflict

Defining conflict by type helps to get a handle on the locus of the disagreement. A simple conflict would fit neatly into one of the above types. Most conflicts are complex, involving more than one of these types of conflict. Click on the type above to link to its definition. Once there is agreement as […]

Definition: Conflict Resolution

A conflict is resolved when the dispute ends without violence (physical, yes, but most likely, emotional) or retribution. Most civilized folks do this daily as a matter of habit. The retailer screws up our order. We bring it politely to his attention. He fixes the problem. We thank him. He smiles and returns “you’re welcome.” […]

Going to War

Juxtaposition … that great literary technique of masters like Faulkner … permeated our lives at The Teagarden Group yesterday. At Rotary, we honored Veterans. Their pictures adorned our meeting hall: recent inductees to the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame. In the afternoon, we talked with Patricia Shafer, founder of Mothering Across Continents and […]

What’s the value of a third party?

Wherever two or more people work together, conflict is inherent. We often handle conflict in destructive, rather than constructive ways. When conflict has derailed a negotiation process, a group project, a business partnership, a family, or a friendship, the simple presence of a third party improves the behavior of the parties involved. When an outsider […]