Conflict Between Conflict And Self Esteem Essay

1894 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Conflict is a normal and natural part of life, something we have all experienced and will continue to experience throughout our lives. Interpersonally, conflict is defined as, “an expressed struggle between interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from one another,” (Floyd 343). Since perception is a key term in this definition, it seems natural that there would be a correlation between conflict and our perceptions of ourselves, i.e. our self-esteem. In fact, an abundance of research is available to prove there is certainly a correlation between conflict and self-esteem. Two of my sources, one written by de Man, et al, and the other by Kiviruusu, et al, agreed there is a negative correlation between self-esteem and conflict, meaning, if one goes up, the other goes down. Conversely another article, written by Baumeister and Smart, proposed that in certain circumstances, high self-esteem might actually be positively related to conflict especially when related to violent or aggressive behaviors. However, the article that I will start with, disagreed with either a negative or positive correlation between self-esteem levels and amount of conflict, instead Azmitia, Lippman, and Ittle, suggested the correlation only lies in the perception of self and conflict. Most people develop their sense of self-worth at a young age, which begins to shape how they view conflict. How children perceive themselves affects the way they perceive…

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