Do you feel like a co-worker is trying to sabotage your career? Has a good friend turned into an enemy? According to Dr. Elinor Robin, sometimes conflicts between friends and co-workers can hurt as much as an explosive romantic breakup. Jean talks with Dr. Robin, a conflict mediator and relationship expert, about ways to address differences that arise in the workplace and between friends and family. Dr. Robin also talks about the importance of setting boundaries, initiating conversation and showing respect in resolving conflicts.
"Whether we are talking about two kids in the schoolyard or two countries at war, underneath, the typical cause [of conflict] is that somebody feels dismissed, discounted, disrespected or disenfranchised," Dr. Robin says. "When they get that sense of dismissal they don't know what to do with it."
Published on August 23, 2007