Conflict and Conflict Resolution:

First some questions:
What is conflict? What do you think of when you hear the word conflict? Is conflict positive or negative? What kind of person do you think you'd be without any conflicts in your life?

Some good examples were brought up in class, for instance: The treatment of Roma in Eastern Europe, Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, internal conflict: study or make money?, conflict at home: do you study what you want or what your parents want?

Negative Conflict Escalation a la Stephen Chow :-)

From "Love on Delivery"

Here you can see a conflict escalate through a whole spectrum of stages (fighting starts at the 3:00 mark)
1. 1st stance: peaceful resolution attempt
2. 2nd stance: distract the aggressor (change the subject)
3. 3rd stance "Golden Snake Restraint": assertive resolution
4. Mediation (the referee)
5. Arbitration (the judges)
and finally
6. Aggression

Conflict Resolution
What's the difference between aggressive and assertive? click on the words to see!

Here are some examples of ways to resolve conflicts (taken from
TeacherVision: )

Some conflicts start because people misunderstand each other. Talking things out and explaining might take care of it.

When two or more people decide to work out a conflict themselves, they might follow a set of steps. The steps help them work out the conflict ornegotiate.

Sometimes people want to work out a problem but have trouble negotiating. They might ask someone to help them. That person is called a mediator. He or she mediates the conflict by helping the people work it out. The mediator does not tell the people what to do; he or she helps them decide for themselves.

Sometimes a mediator does solve people's problems. Then he or she isn't called a mediator. He or she is called an arbitrator. When people ask an arbitrator to help them, they must agree to do whatever the arbitrator

When people can't work out their conflict themselves, they may go to a court and have a trial. They hire lawyers and go before a judge. A judge is like an arbitrator. The lawyers try to convince the judge that their client is right. The judge decides who is right according to the law and decides what solution there should be.

To legislate is to make something the law or a rule. Some kinds of conflicts cause people to try to change laws or rules so the problem won't happen again."

Some other important vocab:

Talk into/out of
See eye to eye
Concede/make a concession