What Is a Personal Conflict?

by Kyle Martin
Some workplace conflict is normal, but management must resolve conflict to function well.

Some workplace conflict is normal, but management must resolve conflict to function well.

Personal conflict takes many forms, some more serious than others. It stems from the long-term choices you make and decisions that you have to make in an instant. Knowing your character and integrity determines how you solve your conflict.

Ethical Dilemmas

A personal conflict is an ethical decision that has to made. For instance, a person has to decide whether to report a wallet found with $100 inside or to keep it for himself.

Responsibility

Taking responsibility for mistakes is a source of personal conflict. A person has to decide whether or not the consequences of accepting the blame are worth it.

Big Decisions

Making big decisions that will alter a person's life creates personal conflict. Taking a new job far from home, for instance, or adopting a child can bring personal conflict.

Group Activity

Choosing not to participate in a group activity perceived as immoral causes personal conflict. A person will be ostracized for not joining in bullying, for example.

Taking Revenge

Personal conflict rises from not choosing revenge. A slighted person may struggle to decide whether or not to get back at the person who wronged her.

About the Author

Kyle Martin has been a newspaper reporter in Florida for over three years, and was a reporter in Mississippi before that. He is fluent in Spanish, having lived overseas during his formative years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in communications, with a concentration in journalism from Mississippi College.

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