The first step to understanding conflict

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The first step to understanding conflict is that you have certain rights… but the person you are in disagreeing with also has those same rights. For example:

I have the right to make mistakes. Other people have the right to make mistakes.

I have the right to be myself. Other people have the right to be themselves.

I have the right to be treated respect. Other people have the right to be treated with respect.

I have the right to have and express my feelings, thoughts, and opinions. Other people have the right to have and express their feelings, thoughts, and opinions.

I have the right to say no and not feel guilty. Other people have the right to say no and not feel guilty.

I have the right to change my mind. Other people have the right to change their mind.

I have the right to say I don’t know. Other people have the right to say they don’t know.

I have the right to feel and express my anger. Other people have the right to feel and express their anger.

I have the right to have my needs be as important as the needs of others. Other people have the right to have their needs be just as important as my needs.

I have the right to do things other people do not approve of. Other people have the right to do things that I do not approve of. 

I have the right to ask why or why not. Other people have the right to ask why or why not.

I have the right to ask for help. Other people have the right to ask for help.

I have the right to say I don’t understand. Other people have the right to say they do not understand.

I have the right to be responsible for my own actions. I am not responsible for the actions of others.

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