One of the things that can lead to conflict has to do with unmet expectations. For instance, we had hoped that another person would have said or done something that reflects their care and concern for us; they excluded us from a gathering or decision; they had something we wanted and knew it was important to us; or they didn’t provide their support or were unreliable about a matter. These and other examples of having expectations work both ways, of course, and we could have let someone else down in some way too – resulting in conflict.
I don’t think it is easy to identify our expectations until we realize they have not been met. When we experience hurt and disappointment at these times what we needed from the other person often becomes clearer but the feelings we have about what occurred can be pervasive and challenging to manage when conflict evolves.
This week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog invites you to consider unmet expectations in a conflict in your life.
What other ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) may you add here?
Originally posted at www.cinergycoaching.com/blog/