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        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.