Stages of Conflict

Hello, everyone!  This week let us talk about the stages of conflict.

Well, even with evolution, there are stages, right?  Anything, in fact, that begins with something will undergo stages.  Even our lives goes through several stages, from the time we were created in the womb of our mother until the time we take our last breath. 

The stages of conflict are the following:

  1. Antecedent conditions the sources of conflict are the antecedent conditions that set the first stage of conflicts.  An example is the presence of a negative person.  Imagine how your claws tend to curl every time you have someone like that around. 
  2. Perceived and felt conflicts the second stage in the conflict process consists of either the perceived conflict or the felt conflict.  Perceived conflict  refers to the awareness by one or more parties of the existence of conditions that create opportunities for conflict to occur.  Felt conflict, on  the other hand, is that stage of the conflict process wherein emotional involvement becomes a part of the conflict creating anxiety, tension, frustration, or hostility. 
  3. Manifest conflict – that stage in the conflict process where the conflicting parties are actively engaged in conflict behavior.  There may be verbal, written, or even physical attacks. 
  4. Conflict resolution or suppression –  conflict resolution occurs when the reasons for the conflict are eliminated.  Conflict suppression happens when no change in antecedent conditions is made and the manifest conflict behaviors are controlled.  When conflict is suppressed, it may continue to fester and cause future conflict over similar issues. 
  5. Conflict aftermath – what happens after the conflict may be either positive or negative development.  Unresolved conflicts can result in sustained emotional discomfort and escalate into dysfunctional emotional conflict between individuals.  When a conflict is resolved, however, it may establish conditions that reduce the potential for future conflicts, and if they saw so occur, it will be easier to deal with them. (Source:  Human Behavior in Organization, Roberto G. Medina, Ph.D.)

Next week, let’s wrap up the discussion on conflict with the topic about conflict resolution and conflict suppression.  Til then…

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