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Roommates in college include conflict: Truth #1

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It's winter break and you are either thinking of starting college soon, or thinking of going back to college. If you have shared a room with a sibling, you know there will be some conflict sharing a dorm room. Why?

Godwin gives us four truths about conflict in relationships that will help you have a better relationship with your roommate and others in the close living quarters of a dorm.

Truth #1 is that close relationships involve conflict. There is no way to avoid the conflict if you are around people. Dorms mean you are sharing a small living space with other people and you are sharing hallways, living rooms, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. The closeness means you will get to know each other and can develop positive close relationships with these people.

But why do these relationships involve conflict? As Godwin says, all of us want and need people connections, but when we get closer to people, our imperfections cause friction.

For example, you might like your living area neat and your roommate might think it's ok to leave a few things on the table or counter. Something that little, if not handled right, can cause friction. The key is handling it right, and we will discuss that in later posts - stay tuned or subscribe so you don't miss something!

Truth #2 - coming soon - How to handle those conflict well.

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