What is the goal of mediation? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this process?
What are the sources of power and how are they used in conflict scenarios?
What is the interaction between content and relationship goals in conflict? Should they both have equal importance? Explain.
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How does our culture and family background shape the way we define and approach conflict? Provide an example.
I strongly advocate that both culture and family background strongly affect the way we define and approach conflict. When I lived in Japan, the definitions of what denoted a conflict to them was vastly different than how Americans viewed conflict in general. In Japan, they were very passive. Thus, obedience is preferred and respect is expected at all times. When a colleague was distrustful to her, my Japanese friend, for example, saw it as the colleague's right to be mean personally because the colleague was older. Thus, she took no offense in it.
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Brief notes are offered to examine how our culture and family backgrounds shape the way we define and approach conflicts.