Social Control and Conflict Resolution
Situations in which a conflict might arise…
- Two people arrive at a narrow door at the same time.
- Two sisters have to split a piece of cake.
- Drivers arrive at intersection at exactly the same moment, one from east, one from north.
- Co-authors who agree they've contributed equally to a paper have to decide how to list their names on the cover.
- Splitting assets after a divorce.
- Splitting the bill at a restaurant.
- Passengers need to figure out how to share carryon space on an airplane.
- Three people want seats on a bus but there are only two available.
- Two students want to take the same book out of the library.
- I offer you $50 but you ask $70.
- Amrit and Bjorn are on a date. Amrit wants to see a thriller; Bjorn wants to see a romantic comedy.
- Some people have dogs. Some people have yards. Some people have both. Everybody has shoes.
- Caren has a particularly good feature which she likes to show off. Some friends get annoyed by this.
- In a long line for cinema tickets, Dillip notices that he's left his car lights on and wants to go turn them off, but doesn't want to lose his place in line.
- Eliana's partner had coffee with someone she is jealous of. In retribution, she packed up her stuff and moved out. Her friends are divided about whether her response was appropriate.
- Fred suggests that his organization delay a decision in order to take more time to study the option, consider the costs, etc. Some of his colleagues are against this, arguing that they should move fast lest a competitor take advantage of the situation.
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