Published: Sept. 21, 2021

When you have a conflict with someone—whether it’s a friend, roommate or family member—what do you do? Do you tend to ignore the problem or avoid the person? Do you confront the person right away? Do you look for compromise when there is a disagreement?

Most people think conflict is a negative thing, but healthy conflict can result in growth, learning and understanding. Everyone has a different way of approaching conflict, and there is no correct approach—each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

Learn which style fits your personality by taking our conflict quiz.

Conflict is normal, natural and critical to the development of a community. While conflict can be challenging and uncomfortable, there are ways to have difficult conversations and develop skills to serve you at CU Boulder and beyond. Learn more about conflict resolution at CU Boulder.