Occasional conflict is a normal part of family life. A family is comprised of individuals who can all hold differing beliefs and experience different wants. In any family, a certain amount of discord is normal, and disagreements are bound to happen from time to time and can even be a healthy part of family life, if handled correctly. However, ongoing conflict and tensions can create stress and damage our interpersonal relationships. Sometimes, family members can be intently aggressive and hurtful, which can be painful.
Effective resolutions require being able to communicate in a positive way. Below are a few tips on how to resolve family conflict more effectively.
However, when emotions are high, a familial conflict can escalate rapidly. When members of a family are too angry to listen to one another, misunderstandings can occur, which can make matters worse. In these situations, it may be tempting to try and “win” the argument, rather than trying to resolve the conflict.
When trying to resolve family conflict, it’s important to actively listen. Try and put your emotions aside and do not interrupt while another person is speaking. Check and make sure you understand what they are saying. Doing this can help de-escalate the situation as well as help you focus on the underlying issues.
Focus on the Problem, not the Person
When trying to resolve family conflict, don’t use blame, shame, or guilt against the other person. This will only serve to escalate the issue at hand, making it harder to resolve the conflict. Instead, define the problem clearly and don’t stray off topic. Talk clearly and reasonably and try to find points of common ground. You can always agree to disagree.
Make Your Relationships a Priority
Another way to resolve family conflict, or to prevent it from occurring, is to make your family relationships a priority. Many of us lead lives with many responsibilities, making it easier for us to set our relationships to the side while focusing on other tasks. Take a few moments each day to check up on each family member. It’s important that your family recognizes that you are all a team and should be willing to compromise with one another.
Sometimes, family conflicts can be difficult to resolve on your own. If you are in need of professional assistance, contact Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital today. Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital has a variety of programs that can help you learn how to resolve family conflict in a healthy and productive way. Visit our About Us page to learn more about our facility and staff.