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Is conflict inherent in human nature? Will we always be at war with ourselves in some way?
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Steve Earlam. MSc. Dip HE. MNCS (Accd). MFDAP
18th May, 2011
Conflict or the propensity for conflict is part of the makeup of human beings. Whenever we develop or form associations with others we are entering into a relationship where choices and decisions have to be made. The existential approach to existence discusses the constant attachment of anxiety, which may be due to the fact that we have to make life choices. The decisions we take, the choices we make are not always going to be calm and assured, or in fact agreed.
The reality of decision making has always got to be touched by the notion that ‘I may get it wrong, and if I do what do I do then, and is this decision that I am making going to affect others, and if so in what way. I must be prepared for a reaction’. Internal conflict appears to be a burden that we must bear, however it may also play a crucial part in the way that we develop our existence especially in the way we co-exist with others.
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