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Relationship Conflict

Working through relational conflicts

Most of our greatest joys in life happen through satisfying relationships with others. Though this be true, we all know through experience that ongoing relationships can be a bumpy road filled with challenging obstacles. As conflicts arise, many find themselves wanting to call it quits, blame themselves, others or struggling in hopeless despair. The effects of relational conflict can cause us to feel trapped in relationships where bitterness or disappointment abound, or we experience the painful effects of isolation and loneliness which could lead to depression and/or anxiety

Relationship conflict is a disagreement between people such as partners, friends, siblings, or co-workers. The origin of the conflict might be something like a difference of opinion, experience, preference, perspective, personality, or values. Conflict is generally intense enough to disrupt some aspect of the relationship, most commonly our communication, which is what differentiates it from simply having a different point of view.

While it can be difficult and uncomfortable, conflict in a relationship is not always a bad thing. When it is healthy and productive, relationship conflict presents an opportunity for people to learn about how others see and experience the world. It can also generate creative solutions to problems and help people grow. However, when conflict is not productive or healthy, it can be harmful to everyone involved. Sustained, unresolved conflict can create tension at home or at work, can erode the strength and satisfaction of relationships, and can even make people feel physically sick or in pain.

Relationship issues are one of the most common topics for which people seek therapy and a skilled therapist can provide the space and perspective to help you understand yourself in relationships and the patterns into which you fall. Please contact us today to see how we can partner with you in your hope for healing.  

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