Conflict Avoidance Can Have a Huge Impact on Relationships

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Published on May 21, 2024 - Duration: 01:31s

Conflict Avoidance Can Have a Huge Impact on Relationships

Conflict Avoidance, Can Have a Huge Impact on Relationships.

NBC's 'Think' report highlights a growing trend of conflict avoidance across a wide spectrum of interpersonal relationships.

This ranges from "ghosting" friends and lovers to "quiet quitting" a job.

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Conflict avoidance often serves as an excuse for avoiding the maintenance that both private and professional relationships require.

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This avoidance can have long-term impacts, including lowered resilience, mental health and productivity.

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According to a national survey by Cornell University psychologist and gerontologist Karl Pillemer, 27% of Americans over the age of 18 have cut contact with at least one family member.

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According to a national survey by Cornell University psychologist and gerontologist Karl Pillemer, 27% of Americans over the age of 18 have cut contact with at least one family member.

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NBC highlights the many reasons which appear to be responsible for growing conflict avoidance.

One of those reasons is modern communications, combined with an increasing distrust for others, which makes tuning out people you disagree with an easy option.

One of those reasons is modern communications, combined with an increasing distrust for others, which makes tuning out people you disagree with an easy option.

One of those reasons is modern communications, combined with an increasing distrust for others, which makes tuning out people you disagree with an easy option.

The pandemic also reduced in-person interactions that demand real engagement and for people to resolve their differences.

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Dr. Eugene Beresin, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, suggests that resolving conflict , โ€œrequires building interpersonal skills that are essential for loving and effective relationships.".

Research suggests that the process of conflict and arguing facilitates talk and awareness of anotherโ€™s perspective, Jennifer A.

Sampa, Communications researcher and therapist, via NBC


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Karl Pillemer

American sociologist and gerontologist (born 1954)

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Private university in Ithaca, New York



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