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What Is the Purpose of Interpersonal Conflict?

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S. Grey has a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also pursuing a PhD and has a love for psychology, comic books and social justice. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.
What Is the Purpose of Interpersonal Conflict?
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Conflict may leave a bitter taste in your mouth, but it still has its purpose. This form of communication is used to help people work through their issues. No matter the cause, constructive conflict can actually be a way to enhance your relationships. Often, without conflict, you may not know what to fix.

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Despite how people see it, interpersonal conflict has a significant purpose. Dr. Cary Gutbezahl, in his article "The Benefits of Conflict," says the purpose of this type of communication is to deal with issues. When handled well, conflict allows you to find solutions. Disagreements do not always have to be negative. You can use a disagreement as a tool to reach common ground and strengthen an interpersonal relationship. Don't see conflict as bad, but as an opportunity to grow with others.

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