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How to Handle Unresolved Conflict at Family Gatherings

By Elizabeth Scott While family relationships can bring support, joy, and other wonderful benefits into our lives, these relationships can also bring stress, particularly when there’s unresolved conflict. Because it’s more difficult to let go of conflicted relationships with family than it would be if these relationships were mere friendships, unresolved conflicts with family members … Read more

Still my Valentine?: How to Diffuse Conflict with your Partner

 Article by Total Therapy. Full article can be found at It’s that time of year again. Love is in the air… But shouldn’t everyday be Valentines day? Steve Baik (MCC, RCC) – Clinical Counselling / Stress & Lifestyle Management, gives us two tips this week on how to diffuse conflict with your partner. Steve … Read more

13 Situations When You Shouldn’t Say I’m Sorry at Work

  Article by Peter Jones. Full article can be found at Failing to apologize for your mistakes is a big sin in the workplace. It can cost you good coworker relationships—or worse, your job. But on the other hand, constantly apologizing, starting sentences with “I’m sorry…” or prefacing everything you say with “Sorry…” can … Read more

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

  Article by Amy Gallo. Full article can be found at It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to … Read more

How to Turn a Conflict With Your Co-Worker Into a Calm Conversation

  Article by Deborah Grayson Riegel. Full article can be found at When someone is fighting fair, call it out and say “thank you” Have you ever had a conflict with a co-worker? Of course you have. If your company employs more than one person, workplace conflict is inevitable. And even if you’re a sole … Read more

Even Experienced Executives Avoid Conflict

Article by Ron Ashkenas. Full article can be found at Few managers will admit to actively avoiding difficult conversations with colleagues. But I’ve noticed that while many speak about the importance of candor for getting things done, managers often sidestep or steer clear of emotionally charged situations by pretending they don’t exist, delaying the … Read more

How Self-Managed Teams Can Resolve Conflict

  Article by Amit Maimon. Full article can be found at In a traditional team structure, conflicts can be escalated to the boss to resolve. Can’t agree on how to prioritize projects, or on which deadlines need to shift? Ask the team leader to step in and make a call. Think a coworker is … Read more

Should You Share Your Feelings During a Work Conflict?

  Article by Susan David. Full article can be found at When a disagreement gets heated with a colleague, it’s normal to feel all sorts of emotions: disappointment, anger, frustration. But should you express those emotions? Or try to keep them close to your chest? Will it help if you tell your colleague that … Read more

After an Argument: The Right Way to Make Up

  Article by Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W.. Full article can be found at Making up after an argument is more than just saying you’re sorry. Jason and Kate had one of those late-night arguments last night…again. It wasn’t one of their worst, but it left them both feeling raw. The next morning was awkward, circling … Read more

Lessons from a Couples Therapist: Conflict Avoidance Can Destroy Your Marriage

  Article by Irina Baechle, LCSW. Full article can be found at Conflict avoidance is one of the biggest topics that keep coming in couples counseling sessions. Holding off conflicts happens when one partner avoids conflicts in order to protect the relationship against another escalation. Sometimes withdrawing or distancing yourself in order to avoid … Read more