Conflict Definition

Conflict is rarely seen as constructive; however, in certain contexts (such as competition in sports), moderate levels of conflict can be seen as being mutually beneficial.  This can help in facilitating understanding, tolerance, learning, and effectiveness.  Sophia Jowett differentiates between content conflict, where individuals disagree about how to deal with a certain issue, and relational conflict.  This is where individuals disagree with one another.  She notes that the content conflict can be beneficial, increasing motivation and stimulating discussion, whereas the relational conflicts decrease performance, satisfaction, and commitment.  This often results in aggressive behaviour patterns.