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Polarity and conflict

Polarity and conflict: the tension between opposites

In human society and in interpersonal relationships, we often encounter the phenomenon of polarity and the conflict associated with it. Polarity refers to the existence of opposites or opposing forces that interact. Conflict, on the other hand, occurs when these opposing forces meet and interact.



Polarity is a pervasive concept found in various aspects of our lives.

We see it in nature, such as in the opposites of day and night, summer and winter, or ebb and flow. In philosophy and spirituality, polarity is found in concepts such as yin and yang or good and evil. Even in physics there is the concept of magnetic polarity, where north and south poles attract or repel each other.



In social and cultural spheres we encounter polarity in the form of:

opposites such as love and hate, kindness and aggression, wealth and poverty, peace and war. These opposites are often interconnected and interact with each other. They influence our relationships, our decisions and our way of thinking.



Conflicts arise when the opposing forces of polarity meet and come into conflict.

Conflicts can occur at the individual level, for example when different needs or interests clash. But they can also occur at the societal level, when different ideologies, cultures or political views come into conflict.



Conflicts can take different forms

From verbal altercations to physical violence. They can be short-term or extend over a longer period of time. However, conflicts can also be a driving force for change and further development. By dealing with opposites and conflicts, new solutions, ideas and compromises can emerge.

It is important to recognize that not all conflicts are negative. Conflict allows people to understand different perspectives, gain new insights, and develop a deeper understanding of other points of view. Conflict can also create new connections and relationships as people are forced to communicate and engage with each other.



Dealing with polarity and conflict requires a certain sensitivity and ability to resolve conflicts.

It is important to be open to different opinions and perspectives and to listen actively. Respect and empathy play a crucial role in building bridges between opposing positions and achieving constructive dialogue.



The ability to deal with polarity and conflict is an important competence in a diverse and globalized world.

It requires a willingness to self-reflect, overcome prejudices and seek common goals. By learning to deal constructively with conflict, we can foster a culture of peace, cooperation and mutual respect.

Overall, coaching can help identify and understand conflicts and develop constructive ways to resolve them. By using coaching techniques and skills, clients can learn to better manage conflict and improve their interpersonal relationships.

Published by Helmut Haindl

Styria |