Essay on Conflict And Its Effects On Our Relationships

1008 Words Aug 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Conflict Paper
Conflict plays a significant role in the way we communicate with other and can have detrimental and even positive effects on our relationships. Experiencing Intercultural Communication: An Introduction describes conflict as “involving a perceived or real incompatibility of goals, values, expectation processes, or outcomes between two or more independent individuals and groups.” In addition, there are numerous forms of conflict and can be processed differently.
Conflict is caused by various occurrences such as language issues, which “…can also be the primary vehicle for solving intercultural conflict” (Martin, Nakayama, 232) or ambiguity in which “we may be unsure of how to handle the conflict or of whether the conflict is seen in the same way by the other person” (Martin, Nakayama 231. For my Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology class, we had study groups composed of four students. Our group decided to meet before class in our Respiratory Care classroom, and it was imperative to meet on time to use our time wisely. One of our group members would constantly arrive late and we would wait for her so, we didn’t have to repeat information. Our member did not see the issue in the same way we did, that it was discourteous and set us back. Conflict is divided into categories which include: affective, value, cognitive, goal, and conflict of interest. Affective conflict is defined as “when individuals become aware that their feelings and emotions are incompatible” (Martin,…

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