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Beyond Fight or Flight – Making Different Choices to How We Approach Conflict

Posted on Aug 09 2011 under Conflict Assessment, Previous Programs

You’ve heard it before…instinctively, when anyone feels threatened our brain kicks into gear with a fight or flight response. We either stand up and fight to protect ourselves, or we run away from the threat. It is biologically part of who we are as humans. There are other choices we can make when we feel threatened in a confrontation. Choices and different behavioral approaches to dealing with conflict more effectively and constructively. In this show segment, Zena Zumeta and I will discuss the 5 primary approaches to help you manage conflict more effectively going beyond just fight or flight responses.

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Assignment for the Week for tonight’s show:

Reflecting on the 5 conflict management approaches….Avoid, Compete, Accommodate, Compromise or Collaborate….notice when you use each of these approaches and in which relationships do you primarily use them? For example, do you respond to conflict differently when you are with your family versus when you are engaging with co-workers? or church community? or neighbors?

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