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Handling conflict in college - Truth #2

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Have you ever been in that situation, in a dorm room, or with your friends or family, where it seems everybody is mad at each other? Probably because we do not handle the conflict well. This can be especially difficult in a dorm setting where there is not a lot of personal space.

Godwin's Truth #2 about conflicts and relationships is that relationships will only work well when conflict is handled well. He tell us that relational success has less to do with what we have in common and more to do with how well we work through our differences. After all, if we are agreeing on things, there probably is not much conflict. If you and your roommate agree on how neat the living space should be, there won't be much conflict. However, if you do not agree on neatness of living space, how late friends can visit, personal boundaries, and other things like that, then there will be conflict.

This doesn't mean you need to search for the perfect roommate that agrees with you on everything. You won't find that person. However, it does mean you can learn to work through your differences and then have less conflict. Not only will you grow as a person and feel successful that you have worked through conflict, but you will enjoy healthy relationships.

At the same time, you will be learning a valuable life skill that you will need in your career.

Stay tuned for Truth #3.



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