- Lauren Dungy
- Shaunti Feldhahn
- Tim and Darcy Kimmel
- Betsy Landers
- Dr. Walt Larimore
- Mark Merrill
- Joanne Miller
- Dr. Gary J. Oliver
- Kathy Peel
- Dr. Greg Smalley
- Dr. Scott Turansky
- Jill Savage
Articles by Dr. Gary J. Oliver
- Words That Could Save Your Marriage
- What kind of "Angry Mom" are you?
- What Can I Do About My Anger?
- Six Myths About Men
- Real Love Involves Conflict and Anger
- Parental Power and Teens
- Love and Loss
- Losing my Valentine
- Keys to Parenting an Introvert
- Keys to Parenting an Extrovert
- Intimacy: What Is It?
- Intimacy: Developing Sexual Intimacy
- How to Master Worry
- How to Identify the Stressors in Your Life
- How to Accept a Child Who's Different
- How Close Are You to Losing It?
- How Angry is Your Child?
- Giving the gift of time
- Don't Ignore Your Anger
- Cultivating Intimacy
- Cultivating Healthy Anger in Your Marriage
- Constructive Steps for Dealing With Anger
- Bruce Moose and the What-Ifs
- Beyond Forgiveness -- Trust and Intimacy
- Be a Student of Your Child
- At The End, It's Relationships That Matter Most
- Are You Out of Control?
- Are you floating on the surface or diving deep in your marriage?
- Advice for Moms in the Dating World
- 7 Simple Steps Through Conflict To Intimacy
- 7 Important Reasons for Understanding Anger
- 6 Ways to Fall Out of Love with Your Husband
- 4 Ways to Avoid Being a Helicopter Parent
- 3 Steps to Take When You Feel Like Screaming
- 12 Insights for Healthy Conflict
- 10 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On
Dr. Gary J. OliverDr. Oliver has over 30 years experience in individual, premarital, marital and family counseling and for the past 20 years he has had an extensive nationwide teaching ministry with Promise Keepers and The American Association of Christian Counselors. read bio
12 Insights for Healthy Conflict
Healthy conflict begins by planning ahead, and learning how to have conflict calmly, maturely, and kindly. iSpecialist Dr. Gary Oliver gives you 12 ways to have healthy conflict.
1. Conflict is a natural phenomenon and is inevitable. An occupational hazard of being human is that we will experience conflict.
2. Conflict involves both personal needs and relationship needs.
3. Most conflict is not dealt with openly because most people have not been taught effective ways of resolving conflict. When there is conflict, most of us tend to personalize it, interpret it as an attack, and magnify negative implications of statements.
4. Conflict provides opportunities for growth in a relationship.
5. Unresolved conflicts interfere with growth and satisfying relationships. Problems don't magically disappear. They go underground and grow and develop into other problems.
6. As we understand the value of conflict, we can allow it to serve a more positive and constructive role in our lives.
7. The more we try to deny, hide from, overlook, and otherwise avoid conflict, the greater the problem becomes.
8. It is normal to feel defensive when challenged or criticized; thus conflict often involves anger.
9. Conflict isn't good or bad, right or wrong…conflict simply is. It is how we choose to respond to conflict that produces the growth or creates the real problem.
10. If we want conflict to serve a constructive role in our lives, pursuing healthy conflict must become a priority.
11. Constructive conflict involves a commitment to serve one another, encourage one another, and be vulnerable with one another. In the early stages, it involves caring enough to be willing to take some risks.
12. Constructive conflict involves a commitment to stop, look, listen, and then – maybe – speak.
Learn more about working through conflict successfully.
Used with permission from the book, Mad About Us: Moving From Anger to Intimacy With Your Spouse, by Gary J. Oliver Ph.D. and Carrie Oliver MA.comments powered by Disqus