Interpersonal Conflict Comes in Many Forms
All interpersonal relationships come with conflict. If they don’t, they are often not very deep or connected relationships. Two human beings can rarely get along all the time; on occasion, depending on how invested the parties are in one another, needs or desires will conflict and discord will arise. But conflict is not necessarily a “bad” or negative state. In fact, it can and should be a constructive opportunity for growth, both for the relationship and for each individual. Relationship mediation services can help turn a potentially negative dispute into a learning experience that actually ends up deepening the relationship.
Conflict Management for Intimate Partners
All conflicts are inherently emotional in nature, but emotions between intimate partners can run especially high. With so much invested, both emotionally and often logistically, those who have chosen to open themselves up to each other, to be vulnerable, and to integrate into one another’s life, have quite a bit to lose. So, successfully managing conflicts between partners is of utmost importance, not only to the partners but also typically to their friends and families. Conflict management for couples is all about communication and transformation; relationship mediation services begin by creating a safe space for partners to hold an honest, confidential conversation about their feelings, needs, and concerns. Through a loving and communicative practice, we can often transform how partners perceive, understand, and relate to each other. Safe, open, and authentic communication is key to transforming personal relationships and managing conflicts between intimate partners.
Relationship Mediation Services for Friends or Family
Just like in intimate partnerships, emotions often run high in families and close friendships. Again, this is because so much, on so many levels, has been invested in the relationships. There is history and foundation; there are expectations for the future; hence, there is a lot riding on the relationships. But remember, conflicts are normal and natural and do not have to be construed as negative. With help from a skilled facilitator providing, families and friends can come together in a safe place for honest disclosure of all parties’ needs and feelings. Through facilitated relationship mediation services and authentic dialog, close relationships can become even closer. Conflict can bring loved ones together rather than tear them apart.
Mediation for Business Partners
Livelihoods typically ride in the balance of financial success, which affects families and lifestyles. Hence, business partnerships are like marriages: there is a lot invested in the relationship, and emotionally charged conflicts are bound to arise. Some partners would like to stay in business together but just can’t seem to effectively manage their relationship; some partners would like to part ways, but have trouble agreeing on terms. Regardless of the parties’ ultimate goals, no one wants to end a partnership on a bad note if it can be helped. A skilled and empathetic mediator will understand the unique dynamic when facilitating conflict resolution between business partners. Parties must feel heard, respected, and equally considered. A mutually beneficial agreement is not only imperative to the emotional satisfaction of each partner, it is a prerequisite for ultimately successful negotiation.
We are passionate about improving communication and strengthening relationships. To discover how facilitated mediation can transform your relationships or help resolve your dispute, contact PPS today. We want to hear your story.
Why Relationship Mediation Services are Crucial
For many people, trying to resolve their disputes with a loved one is a private matter. However, that’s part of the reason why it can become such a burden for both parties involved. Because you aren’t getting moderate, objective viewpoints about the problems, it’s difficult to find a way to resolve them for the long term.
Unfortunately, in many situations, relationship conflicts either don’t resolve, leading to a deepening divide between each person, or they simply fall off the radar for a short period. One party yields to the other, but the root of the issue doesn’t get resolved, which means that it will lead to more and more conflict down the road.
Because of these reasons, it’s much better to get relationship coaching from a trained professional. At first, it may seem unorthodox, but when you think about it carefully, it makes a lot of sense. Here are the reasons why relationship mediation services can help.
Better Understanding of the Issue
When you’re in a conflict with a significant other or a family member, you can sometimes feel like you can’t speak the whole truth without it escalating things. However, when you’re not open, honest, and upfront about what’s going on beneath the surface, it can continue to fester and create issues until it gets resolved.
When you use a mediation counselor, it’s much easier to open up because they are an objective consultant. Both parties can share any issues that they may otherwise hide because they’re afraid of judgment or retaliation. Simply put, having a professional in the room allows both people to be more objective, which helps root out the driving cause of the conflict.
Better Resolution Strategies
Most people are not experts at conflict resolution, which means that the tactics they use to diffuse an issue aren’t the best. Whether it’s changing the subject, yielding to the other person to avoid conflict, or something else, these strategies will only lead to more problems and a deeper rift.
Relationship coaching helps because the mediator is well-versed in various methods and tactics that will lead to a long-lasting resolution. Not only can you discover the root of the problem, but you can find ways to solve it that you may not have considered before.
The other primary benefit of learning these tactics is that long-term conflict resolution is possible. Now, when both parties get into an argument, they will be equipped with techniques to solve the problem and move forward in the relationship. Whether the conflict is large or small, these methods can be utilized for anything.
Another reason why conflict resolution in relationships is difficult without outside help is that either party can feel like they are being blamed or attacked. When that happens, the problem becomes more personal, which can make it even more challenging to resolve.
With relationship mediation services, blame is not assigned. Instead, the mediator focuses on the problem and how to solve it, not who is responsible for creating it in the first place. The goal is to move forward without conflict, not make someone feel bad.
Overall, relationship coaching is beneficial because it works. When you are having trouble resolving conflicts with family members, co-workers, or significant others, calling professional help is the smart option.
To discover how facilitated mediation can transform your relationships or help resolve your dispute, contact PPS today. We’d love to help.