The Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory (CADRI)
Effects of Conflict and Stress on Relationships
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Conflict in Relationships
Conflict is a normal part of life, but when there has been a serious betrayal of trust and security, working through that conflict can feel impossible. Sometimes it makes sense to stay in the relationship and sometimes its best to part ways. We stay connected with our thoughts about them, our resentments, our avoidance, our anger, our fear, and so on.
We all have that one friend, partner or ex who just can't handle fighting. If the possibility of a disagreement rears its head, they're out the door, manically changing the subject, or shutting down completely so that peace, in its own way, reigns — or, more realistically, things go quiet and issues remain completely unresolved. If this is a chronic occurrence, your friend — or you — may actually be conflict-avoidant, a psychological designation for people who strive to get away from fights of any kind at all costs. The thing about conflict avoidance is that, in small doses, it's actually a perfectly reasonable reaction.