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LUNCH AND LEARN: Navigating Conflict: Flight, Fight, or Freeze? Return to listing


What do you do when you disagree with your partner, your friend, or your advisor? Do you dig your heels in? Do you run away? Do you stop in your tracks? Does it matter if there’s a power differential? Thinking about how you manage conflict – and how others manage conflict – can be critical in helping you figure out a reasonable path forward. When interacting in personal or professional settings, we are likely to run into misunderstandings and communication failures. When this happens, relationships can suffer and communication breakdowns can result in significant loss of productivity and time wasted in trying to repair damaged relationships. Understanding how we react – Do we fight, flee, or freeze? – can help us choose alternate ways of responding in times of conflict. Understanding the reactions of others can also help us in navigating communication to a place of resolution.

After this training, participants will be able to:

1 – Identify their reactive style

2 – Learn ways to respond effectively instead of reacting instinctively

3 – Learn ways to communicate with other reactive types in ways that lead to resolution rather than escalation of conflict

Lunch will be served.


NOTE: We need a minimum of 5-10 participants registered for this session to be the most effective and engaging, so bring your friends and colleagues to lunch and learn with you! Please RSVP by July 29 so we can place an accurate lunch order.


Presented by: Shahnaz Khawaja, Assistant Director of Resiliency and Recovery Strategies


Sponsored by: The Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)

  Location: Graduate Student Center
  Date: Thursday, August 01, 2019
  Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  Sponsor: The Graduate School
  Presenter: Shahnaz Khawaja
  Price: Free
  For more information, contact the event administrator: Hoi Ning Ngai hngai@email.unc.edu

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