JustConflict: Transformation through Resolution

Here is a broad explanation of what JustConflict is and why you might want to learn to use these perspectives and practices in your own life.

Everyone experiences conflict and, at times feels overwhelmed.

When we:

  • can remain calm and centered,
  • seeing clearly what the conflict is about and where it is coming from,
  • address the conflict creatively and assertively, and
  • create what we need without expecting or depending on others to change,

the result is personal, relational, social, and spiritual transformation.

As we master the skills of conflict resolution this transformation comes more easily and we are able to support others in resolving their conflicts.

JustConflict is a set of assumptions, definitions, perspectives, disciplines, and cautions which Rev. Dr. Mark Lee Robinson has developed over the past thirty years. It is a well integrated and comprehensive “map” for exploring the treacherous terrain of our most intense conflicts in our most significant relationships whether at home, at work, or in our faith communities.

JustConflict helps users gain greater confidence about their capacity to name, address, and resolve whatever conflict arises so that when they discover issues in any relationship they are able to say, “Oh, it’s just conflict.”

These tools help the user become more adept at knowing what is missing when conflicts emerge, and make the choices which get all parties what they need. It is the ability to construct justice out of turmoil which makes conflict just.

The examples used to illustrate the concepts and practices in JustConflict are taken mostly from couples and families but the principles are equally applicable to all sorts of human conflict, even to international disputes. These principles include:

  • All conflicts can be resolved.
  • The only person you can change is yourself.
  • Creativity is the capacity to resolve conflict.

Dr. Robinson is a pastoral counselor and spiritual teacher who makes the very difficult task of resolving conflicts something anyone can grasp while appreciating the complexity of our most challenging issues. He is a psychotherapist and the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution in St. Louis.

For a bit fuller explanation of what JustConflict is about, click on the Summary tab in the header bar.