In one word, how do conflicts sometimes start?
Conflicts can quickly become heated if one or both sides are unwilling to compromise. When a conflict is unresolved, emotions can become high and the situation can deteriorate. If a conflict is not addressed early, it can become more difficult to resolve.
Why Conflicts Escalate
What are some common reasons why conflicts escalate?
- People don't take the time to listen to each other.
- People don't try to understand each other's point of view.
- People don't take responsibility for their actions.
- People use aggressive language or behavior.
Researches suggest that people become more aggressive when they feel like their power and autonomy is threatened. When a conflict escalates, people tend to focus more on their own beliefs and values, and less on their opponent's. When two people are in a conflict, they both tend to become more extreme in their beliefs, even if they start out with different opinions.
Did you know?
Can you think of a time when you have seen a conflict escalate? What actions did the people involved take?
What do you think are some of the best ways to keep conflicts from escalating?
What do you think might have been a better way to handle the escalated conflict you mentioned?
How might you use what you've learned today to help prevent conflicts from escalating in the future?