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Discussion 1
Differentiate between a situation in which you experienced constructive conflict and one
in which you experienced destructive conflict. What happened? Cite the differences
between the two.


Oh the
            Edward Jackson                             3/24/2012 7:16:52 PM
conflict

           A good example of destructive conflict, I once worked at a job where my manager
           was quite overbearing. I was doing much more work than even I was supposed to;
           working long hours and taking on many projects outside that of my job
           description. I brought this to his attention on multiple occasions, and instead of
           listening and acting accordingly, he was always short with me (it was his way or no
           way). I eventually had enough and turned in my letter of resignation. And when
           he asked why I was leaving, I said because of him, and he looked all
           surprised. Quite crazy really. It wasn't all that long and that manager left
           mysteriously from the company, and I got a call from the Executive IT Director
           wanting to hire me back.

           An example of constructive conflict (which happens all the time to me) is when a
           software system goes down. I work for the corporate IT offices packaging software
           and developing scripted and automated solutions. Occasionally a server or client
           software package or application will need an emergency patch...and many teams
           have to come together to figure what's wrong, how to patch it, who's going to do
           the work, and who's going to deploy the fix. A lot emails and phone calls go back
           and forth, sometimes it can get quite confusing and conversations can get quite
           passionate. But the end result is always the same...we want solutions. And you
           know what? We always get them.

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           Eddie Jackson
           GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
           http://eddiejackson.net university page




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Discussion 2
Review the author’s definition of conflict in this week’s reading. In what ways can
studying the nature of conflict assist you in your personal and professional lives?


Study
               Edward Jackson                                 3/25/2012 9:46:48 AM
conflict

       I believe studying the nature of conflict will help me in a few ways. First, I think just
       knowing the official thought processes that go into determining the differences of
      destructive and constructive conflict can be very useful. It can be useful in knowing
      exactly what type of conflict I am experiencing and to perhaps take a certain stance.

      Secondly, I would think that studying any concept or idea in an official academic
      setting, with experts delivering the information, is by far the best scenario
      learning. There is so much wrong and misinformation out there that it is especially
      reassuring to know that I'm getting the right information from the right people.

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      Eddie Jackson
      GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
      http://eddiejackson.net university page




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RE:
Constructive
and            Edward Jackson                                      3/25/2012 9:58:02 AM
destructive
conflicts

               You are right, constructive conflict is usually calmer, though I have
               seen people get a little passionate when it comes to arriving at an
               answer. What I like about constructive conflict is that no matter how
               high tension runs, the end result is coordination. It's basically people
               wanting to resolve an issue, even though both may have to
               compromise a little. In destructive conflict, it always seems like
            there's someone trying to force their will upon another.

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            Eddie Jackson
            GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
            http://eddiejackson.net university page




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RE: Unit
One        Edward Jackson                                    3/25/2012 10:06:29 AM
Response

            You're pretty lucky not to have to experience destructive conflict frequently. These days
            it's pretty much the same for me, however when I first started working in the corporate
            world about 15 years ago or so, I experienced it all the time. I had so many bad managers
            that basically were catalysts in many destructive conflicts. Several caused me to resign
            from my job; it was that bad. For me personally, destructive conflicts start when managers
            or management isn't listening to the worker bees. When I say something or bring up an
            issue, it's usually important (at the very least, it's important to me). Hopefully both us can
            steer aware from all the destructive conflict that's out there now.


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            Eddie Jackson
            GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
            http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE: Fugate
Unit 1
             Edward Jackson                                      3/25/2012 10:13:29 AM
discussion
board 1

             I completely agree, listening is a good start in resolving a conflict. I believe so many conflicts
             start because people just aren't listening. In a constructive conflict, you can pretty much
             guarantee that both sides, or all parties concerned, are listening. Listening would be a great
             skill for everyone to learn. I think it's very cool you're pursuing Psychology no matter what
             anyone thinks; you should do things for yourself, and what you think is best.

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             Eddie Jackson
             GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
             http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE:
            Edward Jackson                                   3/25/2012 10:36:50 AM
Conflict

           I like the idea that the result will increase constructive conflicts and decrease destructive
           conflicts. It makes a lot of sense. I know everywhere we look, it seems like there is
           destructive conflict, from wars, disputes, and even occupied Wall Street, there is destructive
           conflict everywhere. But, I truly believe that we are growing more peaceful and liberal in our
           ways. Humans, on a whole, are becoming more tolerant of the very things that can cause
           destructive conflict. A good example would be religion in America. I think as more and more
           people are migrating to the big cities, people are growing accustomed with dealing
           with/tolerating the many religions from the many cultures. I think this is good thing.

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           Eddie Jackson
           GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
           http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE: Unit
One-       Edward Jackson                                             3/25/2012 10:50:53 AM
Part II

 Minus the unavoidable, picking your battles is really the key right? So many times arguments can be easily avoided
 just by thinking first, "What do I hope to gain from this argument?" or "Why am I debating this issue?" I'm also
 learning, just like you, to choose my battles; it did take quite a few years to learn this skill though. What I really try
 to do now is think first. And, I believe this, in itself, is helping me avoid falling into a destructive conflict.

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 Eddie Jackson
 GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
 http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE:
Glenda's         Edward Jackson                                     3/25/2012 11:32:56 AM
Initial Post

               I didn't even think about it being taught in school, but you're right, that would be a great
               start. Get them why they are young. You could, in theory, even go down to about
               middle-school really. It's never too early to learn conflict coping skills. I like that fact that
               learning the nature of conflict also leads to personal growth of the individual. We need more
               of that in our society. I really am excited about this course...let the learning begin.

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               Eddie Jackson
               GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
               http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE: Oh
the        Edward Jackson                                       3/25/2012 11:52:30 AM
conflict

                I think he was just oblivious...he almost always looked the other direction. He didn't
                want to see or admit that he could possibly be the problem. I guess this is the m.o. of
                destructive conflict.

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                Eddie Jackson
                GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
                http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE: Study
            Edward Jackson                                                 3/26/2012 11:34:48 AM
conflict

               Not much thought goes into it because many humans thrive on conflict; we love our
               drama. Not me though, I like things to be peaceful, for things to be in harmony.

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               Eddie Jackson
               GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
               http://eddiejackson.net university page
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RE: Oh
the        Edward Jackson                                              3/27/2012 10:37:12 AM
conflict

                 I find it very interesting that the one percent exerts so much control over the
                 ninety-nine percent. What's up with that? How did it come to that? I have several
                 things I'd like to change in our society, and I don't care what the laws are. We need
                 to do more things to help this country:

                 1- All people in prison should have to work 8 hours a day, bottom line. Call it
                 restitution.
                 2- Certain drugs should be decriminalized and taxed.
                 3- Brothels should be legal and taxed.
                 4- There should be a luxury tax on expensive items, like cars over $40,000.
                 5- At the very least, the best education and healthcare should be free to anyone
                 under 18.
                 6- All illegal aliens should be given work visas, learn our language and customs and
                 stop being mistreated.

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                 Eddie Jackson
                 GOK - Philosophy Major/Liberal Studies
                 http://eddiejackson.net university page
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