Solving Conflicts
Conflict Resolution
Part One


Sponsored Ad

Jon Paulien Ph.D.
Armageddon Headquarters

Order Jon Paulien's Comprehensive Bible Study on the Book of Revelation Today & save $75.00 on the 5 Album Set (12 CDs per Album)

Dr. Paulien is a gifted teacher that appeals to both Scholars and Beginners.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to unlock the secrets of Revelation for your own self.


Slide Show Presentation
Genuine vs Counterfeit Character Strengths is a Paradigm Change that Challenges Everything You Thought You Knew About Character -- Which One's Do You Have?

Automated Relationship
& Character Coaching

Chapter 1
Do You Want To Fight?

Chapter 2
Diamonds ...or Rocks?

Chapter 3
A Little Out Of Balance
(Character Symmetry)

Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Wet Sand Bricks
& Blindfolds
(What Is character?)

Chapter 6
The World's Greatest Battle!
(Part One)

Chapter 7
The World's Greatest Battle!
(Part Two)

Chapter 8
Solving Conflicts 101 The ABC's

Chapter 9
Solving Conflicts 102 The Basics
(A mini-course)

Chapter 10
Before You
Accuse Me!

Chapter 11
Titanic Failure
(It Could Never Happen To Me!)

Part One



Read Solving Conflicts in PDF: Click Here
Read John Miller's Column at Click Here

Chapter Seven
The World's Greatest Battle!
"R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means To ME!"
(Part Two)

"Or you might walk in and find out I'm gone!" Dear Aretha Franklin... You sang the song so clearly, and we all loved it so much. Isn't it true? Isn't that about as simple as it gets? A little respect when I come home! Of course, it helps an awful lot to get some 9 to 5, or driving in traffic, right? It makes life so much easier when even our enemies give us some, but when we don't get any from the ones who are supposed to love us the most... ouch! There is nothing quite as frustrating, is there?

At the very heart of conflict arises the issue of dominant character strengths. Then, at the heart of dominant character strengths arises the issue of genuine and counterfeit strengths.

In this chapter, we are going to look more closely at these two to find out what is at the heart of them.

We have seen that the best way to identify a counterfeit is to compare it to the genuine. So then, in terms of genuine character traits, what is at the heart of them? It is true that love is at the very heart of genuine character traits. Love in all its many varieties is a very complex thing to define. So then, for simplicity, we will identify respectfulness as the specific aspect of love that we will discuss.

Respectfulness is at the heart of a well-balanced character.

The first thing to look at is the idea of self-respect. Learning to have proper respect toward your own self is the first step in character growth. We need to have self-respect first before we can show true respect to others consistently. Without it, it is impossible to have a well-balanced character.

Self-respect is not the same thing as pride or self-importance. Self-respect is having a proper regard for your own self as a human being. Self-respect develops as a result of learning to take proper care of each part of your own life. It will continue to grow as victories are won in the battles of self-conflict. As it grows, respectfulness toward others will also grow. This is the foremost way to avoiding conflict with others.

So then, we must become more focused on respectfulness to others. This way, our genuine traits will become more active and useful. People get to know us by our character traits. They desire to see our genuine traits in action. As they see us using our genuine traits, they will see us as trustworthy and honorable people. They will see us as people who have a conscious dignity.

If respectfulness is at the heart of genuine traits,
what is at the heart of counterfeit traits?

It is the lack of respectfulness. It includes both the lack of self-respect and the lack of respectfulness to others. Harm, injury, or insult occurs when respectfulness is absent. Conflict is the result.

Conflict is certain to occur when there is a lack of respectfulness between two or more people. A lack of respect is called disrespect. No one likes to be disrespected. Conflict occurs when two or more people disrespect each other. When only one shows disrespect and the other shows true respect, conflict does not occur.

Let's look at that closer. If Joe shows disrespect to Suzie, if she responds with true respect, then a conflict has been avoided. Now, it is possible that Suzie's feelings where deeply hurt. It is possible that Joe's disrespect of her was the beginning of her long and hard day. However, if she shows true respect in response to Joe, a conflict has been avoided. The moment that she chooses to give disrespect to Joe, a conflict has begun.

Does that mean that Suzie cannot address Joe's disrespect? Certainly, it does not mean that! However, it does mean that if she wants to avoid a conflict, she should address him in a respectful way. Perhaps it would be better for them both to address his disrespect when Joe is not already short of temper.

Once again, giving respect in response to disrespect is a certain way to avoid conflict. However, let us admit one thing! When someone disrespects us, it hurts!

Disrespect can come in all shapes and sizes. It does not make us happy when we are disrespected. It does not bring joy to our hearts when we are disrespected. It does not feel good. It makes us feel bad. It makes us feel uneasy ...or worse.

For this reason, it is very easy to pay back disrespect with disrespect. At times, it seems to be effortless to do so. Once we do it, it is easy to blame the other for the conflict. It is so easy to say, "He started it, or it wasn't my fault!" At last, in every conflict, both are at fault because both were disrespectful. It does not matter who started it.

So then, the foremost way to solve conflict is to avoid conflict in the first place. As long as you treat others with respect, even in response to disrespect, you will avoid a conflict. You may have not been a success in the past at avoiding conflict. However, your entire future is based upon making a better choice next time. You only have to make one good choice at a time.

Are you already in the middle of a conflict?

No matter what the conflict is, it is the same solution as for avoiding conflict in the first place. Why is that? It is because there is nothing you can do to undue what you have already done. You cannot change what you have done. Neither can you change what has already been done to you.

However, there is one thing that you can do. You can change what your next choice is going to be. If you are in the middle of a conflict that you wish to solve, everything depends on your next choice. Perhaps the other person is not ready to stop being disrespectful to you. Perhaps someone is an ongoing source of irritation and conflict for you. You cannot change them. You cannot make their next choice for them. However, you can make a better choice for your own self. You can choose not to return disrespect for disrespect.

The key to making better choices is to accept full responsibility for your own past choices. No one forced you to make the choices that you did. We love to accept all of the credit for our good choices and none of the blame for our bad choices. Accept the full responsibility for all the choices that you have made.

Be fearlessly honest with yourself.
This is the first step for you to take.

The next step is to learn. Learn about your character strengths. Learn which character strengths you use in a genuine way and which you use in a counterfeit way.

  • Become willing to take a close look at your own self.

  • Become willing to see the big picture of your dominant character traits.

  • Then become willing to make positive changes good choice at a time!

Solving Conflicts Part Two is a vital and unprecedented tool to help you take a closer look at your own self. It will be an adventure of learning and of self-discovery. You can choose your outcome of the journey.

You cannot choose the way other people treat you. You cannot choose whether they treat you with respect or disrespect. However, you can choose the way you treat other people.

You can choose to be the one who treats other people with respectfulness. Your own confidence will grow. You can make better choices in your own character growth so that people will learn to have confidence in you.

Awareness of your character strengths is at the heart of making better choices for yourself. You can write your own future, one good choice at a time.

Are you willing to begin the journey?

Start My Profile!

Back to the Top                                                                               Continue To Chapter Eight

Solving Conflicts
Conflict Resolution
Part Two

Member's Log In

Start My

Member's Registration

Pass Code Registration

Pass Code Purchase

Specialist Links

Marriage Proverbs

Contact Us

Solving Conflicts: Character Education: Conflict Defined

Would you like to pay it forward by helping solving conflicts?

Your donations help make it possible for us to pay it forward.


:: Who's Who :: Contact Us :: Privacy Statement :: Pop-ups & Cookies
Trademark & Copyright :: Schizophrenia Movie by Mike Kula