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Encountering ConflictIs searching for truth and justice vital in resolving conflicts?

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ktnbaby | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 7, 2010 at 8:31 PM via web

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Encountering Conflict

Is searching for truth and justice vital in resolving conflicts?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 8, 2010 at 6:10 PM (Answer #2)

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Not necessarily.  Certainly getting to the bottom of a situation is progressed by having a clear picture of the facts and everything that has happened - but often, resolving conflict is more a matter of getting people to be honest about how they feel not necessarily what happened.

The majority of conflicts occur because someone's feelings were hurt.  When this is the case - I've found that it frequently doesn't matter exactly what happened - it matters more that each person has an opportunity to express themselves fully and be listened to.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM (Answer #3)

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Conflicts often do deal with a truth somehow: two versions of "who did it," two perspectives on a controversial matter, two ways of thinking about the world (or religion, or human rights...).

But not all conflicts do:  where to eat for lunch, which movie to watch, who gets to sit in the front seat of the car.... 

As you can tell, the more serious conflicts probably do involve truth.  Justice is a much higher plane, and that would be even rarer.  Truth, though, is often found in the midst of conflict.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 24, 2011 at 7:37 AM (Answer #4)

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When solving a conflict, the most important thing is to find a compromise. It is helpful to establish some common ground. You can do this by putting aside differences and starting from whatever you can agree on. Dwelling on and digging into the past won't help, and may only bring up new arguments.

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