Assessing Conflict and Power Conflict is inevitable in our interpersonal relationships. Power differentials can impact our interactions making effective communication quite challenging at times. Accordingly, the following discussion examines a personal conflict I recently had by providing a description of the relationship/conflict and the context, an analysis of the conflict based on the Four Part Model, a crafted I-message, and analysis of this conflict concerning my behaviors that showed powerlessness or subtle nonverbal power. A Description of the Relationship and Conflict The recent personal conflict I experienced took place with a friend of mine regarding a decision concerning some travel arrangements. For more than two weeks, we had...The end:
..... that is how my friend holds more power in the relationship because I seem to have more emotions and care invested in it. With respect to subtle nonverbal power cues, my friend uses certain facial expressions that indicate a type of condescending dismissal of my suggestions and arguments. This, of course, frustrates me and raises emotional tensions inside of me. Conclusion Overall, I am hopeful that in future encounters with my friend, I can apply what I have learned from this exercise on conflict and power in interpersonal relationships. WORKS CITED Chapter 9 – Communicating Conflict, n.d. Notes: Power and Assertiveness, n.d. Orlans, Michael and Terry M. Levy. Healing parents: helping wounded children learn to trust & love. CWLA, 2006.