Would you consider yourself assertive? Do you manage conflict without aggression, keeping the criminal lawyers out of the situation? Or would you rather not handle conflict at all?
Many of us run the opposite direction when conflict arises. Unfortunately, this isn’t healthy either, leading to strained relationships, unproductive work environments, and extreme stress. If you’re the type that bottles your true feelings to avoid conflict, you could also tend toward aggressive behavior when you finally can’t take it anymore. This is where trouble takes over.
“When deciding whether it is necessary to stand up for yourself or confront a situation, here are two questions to ask yourself: 1. Is this issue important enough for me to invest time and energy? 2. Will this relationship (work or personal) suffer if this issue is not resolved? If the issue is important enough to invest time and energy, resolve the situation with one goal in mind — to prevent it from happening again,” advises Dr. Shambra Mulder.