By learning the types of conflict, we can not only determine the causes of such conflicts taking place, but design solutions to resolve them as well. Explore the different kinds of conflicts.

Types Of Conflict

Irrespective of whether you like them or not, conflicts have become a part of daily life which cannot be avoided. They are naturally occurring ingredients that add a spice of flavor to our life, sometimes making it enjoyable, while at other times causing terrible destructions. This difference of opinions, caused on ideas, wishes or desires, called conflicts can take place at home, school, workplace, or any other area where people, their ideas and opinions exist. All that one requires to initiate a conflict is to disagree on another person’s views. Thus, despite the old saying that ‘it takes two to tangle’, in reality, it takes only one party to kick off a conflict. Depending upon the severity, conflicts can be trouble-free as well as complex. Given here are some types of conflicts that will help you to categorize your experienced conflict into a particular kind and find resolution strategies to successfully come out of the same. Read on.
Different Kinds Of Conflicts
Relationship Conflict
Disagreements, negative emotions, miscommunication, or repetitive negative behaviors are the major causes of relationship conflicts. Even the smallest of problems in relationships can often land up in an unnecessary escalating spiral of conflicts that can be extremely disruptive and destructive. In order to manage relational conflict and prevent the most terrible consequences, it is best to accept and support the expression of perspectives and emotions of the other person in a balanced manner.
Interest Conflict
Extensive disagreements or competition leading to ignorance of one’s needs over the others, leads to conflict of interests. This often results when the needs and interests of the opponents have to be sacrificed in order to satisfy one’s own needs. Therefore, it can be said that interest conflicts likely occur over substantive issues (money, physical resources, time, etc.), procedural issues (the way the dispute is to be resolved), and psychological issues (perceptions of trust, fairness, desire for participation, respect, etc.).
Value Conflict
Every culture and religion has its own values that explain what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and ‘just’ or ‘unjust’. Conflicts in values occur when individuals coming from different cultures and religious backgrounds cross each other over differing opinions of what is right or wrong. This usually occurs when one person tries to enforce his set of values over the other person.
Leadership Conflict
Every individual has his own unique style of leadership and management. Conflicts occur when each individual tries to impose his leadership and managerial style over his employees, thereby confusing them. While one leader may be open and inclusive, the other could be more autocratic or directive in nature.
Personality Conflict
Individual personalities can clash at school, home and work. Depending upon one’s perceptions and emotions, a person draws out the motives and character of another person. Say, for instance, if you perceive your boss to be rude and inconsiderate, you would definitely find ways to be out of his team, which, in turn, would cause disagreements in interest and leadership.
Style Conflict
Just as a person possesses unique and different leadership and personality traits, so does his style of completing a delegated task or duty. While this style may be suitable for some, others can object, thereby leading to conflicts. For example, you are eager to get something done, while your partner may be laid-back. This can create conflict. Likewise, your team member could be task-oriented, while you believe in being more artistic to complete the same project.

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