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           Interpersonal Conflict Definition

   Interpersonal conflict is an important concept.  Thus, it is
important to define interpersonal conflict.  What is an
interpersonal conflict?  Below is one possible definition of
interpersonal conflict:

   
An interpersonal conflict is a disagreement between two
individuals or subgroups of an organization involving
significant resentment and discontent.

   The above definition suggests that not all disagreements are
interpersonal conflicts.  Due to differences in values and beliefs,
there may be many interpersonal disagreements.  However,
based on the above definition, only disagreements involving
resentment and discontent would be considered interpersonal
conflicts.
   Conflict resolution or conflict management strategies could
involve finding ways to reduce feelings of resentment and
discontent.  For example, helping people to see things from the
other person's perspective may help to resolve conflicts by
reducing resentment.  This may be true because people more
clearly see the validity of certain arguments, or they critically
evaluate their own views.