Stay sharp and keep your whips about you

Day 25 of the National Health Blog Post Month, and I'm cracking the whip in my Mental Health Humor cartoon.  This being the week of the holiday, I know there is going to be a lot of food, fun, beer football, more beer and then out comes then the  left handed comments and negative jabs. YES, there will be Unresolved conflicts.
 In my last Family Stew cartoon, I joked with a quote from the Godfather. You know when Sonny says something like "Take them to the mattresses."  Then I left the post hanging talking about FREE courses I took  from the American Psychological Association (APA).  Why, because I was trying to lead you into today's post on other free courses I took and I encourage EVERY one to to take it...  EVERYONE who thinks they might have the slightest hint of a conflict, I mean even if it's only over...
Who gets the last dinner roll!  You can learn valuable Strategies for Surviving Thanksgiving reviewing the 6 modules

It's called Managing Conflict. (If you want all 6 PDF's modules just enter the contest below and I will email them to you as a peer to peer resource). One thing I liked the best, which I believe you can quickly learn and apply is found in MANAGING CONFLICT Module 4 – Conflict Styles called, what else, "The Thomas-Kilmann Way."
In a conflict, just as in other life situations, people make choices about how they will behave and how they will relate to others. For most of us, there is one type of behavior that we utilize most frequently in responding to conflict. This is known as our “conflict style.” In the 1970s Kenneth Thomas and Ralph Kilmann identified five styles of dealing with conflict that vary in the degree of cooperativeness or assertiveness employed in each approach. The five styles are:

• Competing,
• Compromising,
• Accommodating,
• Avoiding and
• Collaborating
Here is a video That will help you better understand it.

My question for them (I left it on YouTUBE) was: "Thank you for the video - I would like to see how this model would work/s in a more heated environment where the conflict gets pushed to the edges and or between different genders.  Would men be more  assertive and woman fall into a cooperative roll as gender rolls once were in the 1970's when his model was invented.  Did this model adapt with the change times?"

I have not heard anything yet, but if i do I'll let you know.
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 Nov. 25

It’s the Holiday Season
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    Last reviewed: 26 Nov 2013

APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2013). Strategies for Surviving Thanksgiving The Thomas-Kilmann Way. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 29, 2015, from


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