Conflict. The word alone can result in physiologic changes such as perspiration and increased heart rate. People try to avoid conflict in many ways; however, conflict is not always a bad thing.

Conflict is a result of human interaction and an inevitable part of life that can be divisive, erosive, and destructive when ignored or handled poorly but can lead to problem solving, better solutions, and stronger relationships when managed effectively.1,2

Different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives make each person unique, which can lead to conflicts. However, this uniqueness also contributes to people’s ability to work through difficult situations.2

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