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Compromise vs. Conflict

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

I've always felt uncomfortable with the idea of compromise in relationships. To be sure there are times when you must meet your partner halfway, with neither party getting what they really want, both agreeing to a solution that will efficiently propel them forward. In the long run, however, applying this dictum to all disagreements deadens the relationship and deprives it of its potential for growth. Compromise is about resignation and maintaining status quo. Conflict on the other hand, when done right, is about creativity. It's about finding an option that neither party conceived of prior to entering the discussion. Not an option somewhere between A and B, but an option C.

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