Conflict is something that affects all of us. It’s exhausting to deal with and the source of many of our problems. Alberts (2009) explains that although conflict is uncomfortable it can be valuable. Understanding how and why it occurs in our many relationships can give us insights into ourselves and the nature of those relationships, as well as into the strategies and tactics for surviving conflict and, perhaps, turning conflict into a fruitful endeavor. This seems impossible most of the time. However, if you consider that conflict is a process it might help you. Alberts suggests that there are five stages: discussion, polarization, segregation, survival and power. When you’re in a conflict, so things down a bit and let the process unfold at a natural pace. Develop your awareness of what is going on around you and what is happening to you. Guide the confict with it’s many emotional twists and turns as a process. In that way the potential remains open to a positive outcome.
1. Functionalism-the introspective analysis of the “states of mind” that we are conscious of in every day life and of the functions they perform for us.
2. The Nature of Mind-the connection between physiological states and mental states.
3. The Stream of Thought-the unbroken flow of complex conscious thought.
4. The Self-James suggested that “the belief in a distinct principle of selfhood” was an essential part of the “common sense of mankind.”
5. Will-the conscious process that directs voluntary movements.
6. The Unconscious-that consciousness deserts all processes where it can no longer be of use.
7. Emotion-the nervous system reacts to external stimulus and produces those physical symtoms and our perception of them is what constitutes emotion.
I usually start by putting the subject matter through a literature review. During the Lit. Review I am searching for gaps in knowledge, and asking questions. My goal is to identify a gap in knowledge and then proceed to make a contribution with my efforts to that knowledge, and usually it all starts by asking a great question. A great question is not a complex, hard to understand nugget of intellectual genius. A great question helps fill a gap in knowledge – so I have learned. The Lit. Review also aids in shaping your understanding of the subject matter which will usually take the form of an outline. The outline then becomes the strategy for your contribution to the knowledge gap you have identified. With the outline you will usually have identified a few key areas to do more research. Those key areas can sometimes become the major sections of your outline, or the body of your work. Any number of things can be a part of this development such as surveys, interviews, testing, experiments, more literature review, and so on. Once the major sections are completed you can begin editing and shaping your thoughts so as to answer your question specifically. I usually work on the conclusion after the body. The last thing I write is the introduction and preface. Then everything has to be edited for grammar, punctuation, spelling, but you also have to edit for flow, sequence, tightness or prose, transitions, and logic. You have to read the APA Manuel, read the APA Manuel again, did I mention the part about the APA Manuel… I usually get friends (who are English nerds) to read over every letter of my writing to rip it apart – there are usually several rewrites involved. Oh, you have to read the APA Manuel. This practice goes on and on and on, until the due date becomes reality. Then I hand it in knowing full well it needs more rewrites and editing, and that it will FAIL miserably! In a nut shell that is my process.