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8 Ways to Resolve a Misunderstanding ...

By Aprille

No one likes being told they are wrong and no one likes to engage in a battle of who’s at fault for a misunderstanding. If you have currently found yourself to be in the middle of a conflict that seems to have been a huge mistake, then you might be able to use the tips listed below. Here are 8 ways to resolve a misunderstanding.

8 Ask, Don’t Assume

Misunderstandings sometimes stem from not hearing something properly. If you assume you heard your friend or loved one utter something you don’t like and didn’t double check to make sure they uttered those exact words, then you could be flying off the handle for no reason at all. Repeat what you think you just heard; don’t assume it is what you heard.

7 Make Sure You Both Are on the Same Page

If you’re up for a resolution and your friend isn’t, then there’s no way to agree to disagree. Figure out what you both hope to get out of the resolution and that you both realize it was a simple misunderstanding, it indeed it was.

6 Perform Your Conflict Resolution in a Private Location

Don’t try to resolve your issue or issues in public. Sometimes a public setting can cause more stress and strain on the situation, thus eliminating your chance of reaching some type of resolution. Meet in a location that is private and where you both will be comfortable and able to talk without distractions of any kind.

5 Don’t Let Ego Get in the Way of a Resolution

Sitting around waiting for your friend to come apologize for whatever it is you think he/she should be apologizing for isn’t a good way to resolve a misunderstanding of any magnitude. Be willing to give a little to get a little. Who says you aren’t the one who should be apologizing for blowing things out of proportion? Keep that ego under control.

4 Find out the Root of the Conflict

What was the exact cause of this misunderstanding? Can you pinpoint the statement, idea, or issue that caused the misunderstanding to even come about? If you can figure out what started this entire negative spiral, then you might have an easier time resolving this little misunderstanding.

3 Admit when You Are Wrong

You just might have to suck it up and apologize, even if you aren’t the type of person who admits when you are wrong. Don’t expect your friend, coworker, loved one, or whoever is in this misunderstanding with you to do the apologizing when you know for sure that it’s all your fault. Be an adult and fess up.

2 Be Willing to Discuss the Issue at Hand in a Civil Manner

Talk like two adults and discuss what happened and what needs to be done. There doesn’t need to be name calling, screaming, yelling, and forms of physical abuse involved. Be rational and polite.

1 Remain Calm and Open

Take a deep breath and walk away for a bit if you need to. You have to remain calm if you want to resolve this misunderstanding in a productive manner. Be open to suggestions on how the resolution can take place.

Out of these 8 ways to resolve a misunderstanding, I hope at least a few of these are useful. What are some methods you’ve used to resolve conflicts in the past?

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