People don’t always get along or agree with one another. They may disagree with one another or have a conflict because they have different beliefs, ideas or preferences. Sometimes people just don’t understand each other’s point of view. A person could have a conflict with a friend, family member, another adult in their life or even a romantic partner. Conflicts happen, but they can usually be resolved in a fair way.
It is important for two people having a conflict to each share what they think and feel. This is best done by using “I” statements, meaning each person shares statements, like “I need…” or “I want….” While it is important for each person to share their wants and needs, one of the most important—and sometimes difficult—steps when people disagree with each other is to listen to each other. Listening closely helps each person understand what the other person wants and needs. Active listening includes not only paying attention to what the other person is saying, but also asking questions to make sure you understand what the other person means. Once each person has heard the other’s perspective, they can brainstorm solutions and decide the best way to resolve their problem. If they find the solution they came up with is not working, they can always talk again.