Appropriate Resolutions for life’s relationships.

            Webster’s defines the verb conflict as: “to fight, battle, contend; to be antagonistic, incompatible, or contradictory…" etc. Webster also defines the noun conflict as "a sharp disagreement or collision in interests, ideas, etc.; a clash.”


          There is also general consensus that:



· Conflict is part of human nature and is inevitable when people work and deal together.

· Conflict itself is neither "good" nor "bad." (the consequences may be less than preferred)

· Conflict is about differences and is not (necessarily) a case of right or wrong.

· All conflict will be resolved, sooner or later, satisfactorily or not. (violence may be a viable resolution to some)

· Efficient and fair resolution to conflict is not inevitable.

Text Box: MORE about those conflict-laden situations?

          We are all familiar with situations like those described on the previous page. Generally speaking, unresolved conflicts are perceived to make up a dispute. Organizations and people have disputes within which they may conflict about what to do or how to do 'it', whatever the 'it' may be. When we don't agree, we react or respond by avoiding (running), attacking (escalating), or as I propose throughout this website, by collaborating (working together to resolve differences).

Text Box: I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
- Ashleigh Brilliant 
Text Box: Someone said: "People are funny. They want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the middle of the road."         - Unknown

So What is a DISPUTE?...

     And for those who prefer to argue over semantics, a DISPUTE is nothing more than one or more differences which have deteriorated into an a more complex phase, namely a dispute. Sometimes intentionally packaged, in labour-management negotiations for example, negotiators create then deal with 'shopping-lists' of diverse and unresolved issues making up an actual, or potential, dispute. One purpose for such a strategy is to ensure that issues aren't ignored or forgotten in the heat of often contentious and complex negotiations.                                                                                                                                                                            ...More about disputes...

Website table of contents  and Joseph Ravick …  links to what’s on this site and who I am.

ABOUT Conflict...  What conflicts look like…

DisputesWHAT DO DISPUTES LOOK LIKE,  and how do people react or respond when conflicts escalate into disputes? (the many faces of conflict),.

COMMUNICATION & CONFLICT  Definitions, terms, jargon

CONFLICT RESOLUTION TIPS AND GUIDELINES: Strategies and behaviours for you to apply when in conflict.

CONFLICT CHRONICLES: Original stories by Joseph Ravick with a common theme. The chronicles feature real-life conflicts describing the people, their relationships, and the outcomes which they experienced whether they liked it or not.