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Strategies for Overcoming Conflict Avoidance

Strategies for Overcoming Conflict Avoidance

  • Reframe confrontation - Conflict resolution is not about "fighting". It's about standing up for yourself and communicating when you feel frustrated.
  • Make a plan - Rehearse concise points you’d like to get across so you’ll feel confident when addressing them.
  • Recognize and manage your feelings - Instead of trying to sedate emotions try looking at them through the lens of self-compassion.
  • Resolve issues in real-time rather than endlessly ruminate and allow conflicts to fester in your head.

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What Conflict Avoidance Is

Conflict avoidance is a type of people-pleasing behavior that typically arises from a deep rooted fear of upsetting others.

Many of these tendencies can be traced back to growing up in an environment that was dismissive or hypercritical:

  • enduring uncomfortable situations instead of expressing issues openly
  • denying an issue exists by ignoring it
  • fear of disappointing others
  • deliberately sidestepping conversations
  • silently resenting unresolved issues.

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Conflict Avoidance Doesn’t Do You Any Favors

Some form of conflict is a normal part of our personal and professional lives. While it’s OK to never be completely comfortable with confrontation, being able to resolve issues effectively means accepting it as a healthy part of communicating with others.

Disagreeing provides deeper understanding and makes it easier to connect with our friends, partners, and co-workers.

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Leadership and conflict go hand-in-hand

Conflict in the workplace is unavoidable. While you can try and avoid conflict (bad idea), you cannot escape conflict. 

The ability to recognize conflict, understand the nature of conflict, and to be able to bring swift and just resolution to conflict will serve you well as a leader.

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Interpersonal Issues

When it happens in the workplace, it can reduce productivity and make a dent in morale. 

It takes on the shape that one person, or a group of people, frustrates or hampers another person or group's efforts at achieving a goal. This isn’t always done on purpose.

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Assertive communication

It empowers you to draw necessary boundaries with people that will allow you to get your needs met in relationships without alienating others and without letting resentment and anger creep in.

Many people mistake assertiveness for aggressiveness, but assertiveness is actually the balanced middle ground between aggressiveness and passivity. 

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