How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach?
Unfortunately, how I handle conflict depends on whom the conflict is with. For instance, if it’s with my daughter or her husband, I usually handle myself badly, by that I mean, very raw and in their face. If it’s with a peer or someone older than me, I usually handle myself with a lot more restraint and respect. Wow, reading my answer to the question is disturbing and gross, why should I treat my children with less respect than someone older? Especially, when they recently earned my respect for things they’ve done right! Or maybe I should say better than I did at their age.
My goodness, I’m glad I did this Daily Prompt, to see what’s really going on inside my head/heart. Being subtle has its place, because not everyone needs a drop kick in the pants to get the message. Also, by handling someone with gentleness, can glean better results. Plus, being a defensive jerk, exposes you to all kinds of ridicule, and consequences of a negative response in return. So in retrospect, I think I will try my best to handle things quickly and quietly, and more specifically, better than I have in the past with my daughter and her husband, and that’s the honest answer. ~ Musings&Rants