How to Resolve Role Conflict

by Stephanie Abir - Updated September 26, 2017

Everybody suffers from role conflict. This form of a social struggle could lead to further complications in your day-to-day life. People who have to undergo stressful role conflicts and have trouble dealing with them are more prone to failure and social breakdown. Family, professional, social and personal relationships can be drastically affected. Nonetheless, role conflict is healthy in terms of helping people learn to cope with the various situations that day-to-day life may present.

Define your roles. You have to understand the boundaries that your roles play on a day-to-day basis. It would be much easier if you are comfortable where you set your priorities at given times and situations. Choose the roles that you are best at, and those that you consider your second or your third.

Familiarize yourself with the people related to the roles you are playing. Coming to terms with the limits of your strengths and weaknesses as a role player would indicate that you know where the other players stand. Interacting with them on a healthy middle ground could ease tension. Avoid going against somebody in a given situation when you are not familiar with the consequences of such action. Agree to disagree.

Understand your need to play a given role. The gravity of need one has to do in order to execute his roles is important not only to himself but for those who are around him. Be mindful of why you are playing the role, and for whom or what you do it for.

Set standards for your roles. Too much of one may conflict with the other. A proper balance is needed. Time management is a great help. Set standard time limits for the different roles you are playing. Other roles may need longer time to play for the other to flourish.

Listen to others when they are talking or explaining things. Do not interrupt while others are speaking. Try to understand them as much as possible. They would do this in turn for you. Do not let your biases and anger get the better of you.

Tips

  • Always be calm and level-headed when dealing with conflict.

About the Author

Based in New Hope, Pa., Stephanie Abir has been writing business- and health-related articles since 1980. Her work has appeared in “Business Week” magazine and “American Health” magazine. Abir holds a doctorate in American literature from the University of South Carolina.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article