Personal Conflict Management: Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-16
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Personal Conflict Managementutilizes a modernized theory/skill approach to interpersonal conflict, placing equal emphasis on the theoretical and practical. Supporting the notion that there is not one correct approach to conflict management, and utilizing the authorsrs" shared experiences as mediators and organizational facilitators, this book demonstrates the value of collaborative models for resolving conflict and the necessity and benefits in understanding competitive approaches. Through the inclusion of both competitive and cooperative theories, the authors present contrasting perspectives of conflict management. Beginning with an introduction to conflict, the book examines the major approaches and theories of conflict management. Following a discussion of the causes and variables which exist within conflicts, the skills necessary for conflict management are analyzed, including listening, the ability to seek information, the importance of understanding personality types and behavior patters, negotiation, and conflict assessment. The final two sections of the book take the reader beyond the basics, exploring the difficulties encountered in conflict management, the aftermath to a conflict, and conflicts in context, applying the theoretical concepts to everyday situations.

Table of Contents

Interpersonal Conflict Causes and Patterns
Conflict in Everyday Life
Why Study Conflict
General Assumptions about Interpersonal Conflict
Beneficial Aspects of Interpersonal Conflict
Defining Interpersonal Conflict
Interpersonal Conflict is Different from Argument
Major Approaches to Conflict Management
The Purpose of Theory
Nature vs. Nurture
Communication Theory
Theories Influencing Conflict Management Studies
Emerging Theories
Competitive and Cooperative Approaches
The Competitive Approach
The Cooperative Approach
When Worlds Collide
Supportive and Defensive Climates
Causes of Conflict
Conflict Topics are Not Necessarily Conflict Causes
Conflict Behaviors Are Motivated by Reasons that Make Sense
Conflict Behaviors are Learned
Goal Interference Causes Conflict
Perception Patterns Affect How Goals Are Interpreted
Goals are Dynamic
Skills to Enhance Goals Analysis and Development
Interpersonal Conflict Variables
Variables in Interpersonal Conflict
Conflict Management Variables
Sources of Conflict Patterns
Conflict Management Skills
Listening and Seeking Information
An Introduction to Listening
Types of Listening
Effective Listening Skills for Conflict Managers
Styles and Behavior Patterns
What is Style?
Personality Styles
Conflict Management Styles
Communication Behaviors that Affect Conflict Management
Emotional Intelligence
Functional vs. Dysfunctional Styles
The Worlds of Negotiation
Competitive Negotiation
Cooperative Negotiation
Moving from Competitive to Collaborative
Additional Negotiation Variables
Conflict Assessment
Understanding Conflict from the Inside Out
Conflict Assessment: First Level Tools
Conflict Assessment: Comprehensive Conflict Checklist
Concept-Based Analysis Tools
Creating an Analysis Tool
Transformation is the Key
Beyond the Basics
Difficult People and Bullies
An Overview of Difficult Encounters
Critical Lessons About Difficult Encounters
Specific Difficult Encounters
Bullying and Violence
Moving Beyond Self Help
Approaches to Solving Conflict
Conflict Coaching
Third Party Resolution Processes
Mediator Responsibilities
Mediator Approaches
The Balanced Model of Mediation
Managing the Aftermath: Anger, Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Conflict in Context
Family Communication and Conflict
The Family as a Communication System
What is a Family?
Satisfaction in Marriages and Families
Conflict in the Family
Conflict Management Skills for Families
Conflict at the Workplace
The Workplace is a Unique Context
Workplace Communication
The Nature of Groups
Conflict in the Work Setting
Preventing and Managing Conflict at Work
Group Conflict
Conflict Management Systems
Conflict and Society
Politics as Personal
Values, Beliefs, and Attitudes
Identify (Face) Threats
Means of Managing Social Conflict
Strategies of Group Movements
Reframing Social Conflict
A Six Step Method for Managing the Difficult Person Encounter
The University Chain of Command
The Meeting Manager
Essential Skills to Prevent and Moderate Conflict
A Lifetime of Predictable Conflicts
Sample Mediation Case
Media and Family Conflict
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