How People React to Conflict

1. Introduction

Conflict is an inevitable part of human interaction. It is an inescapable fact of life. Whether it is between individuals, groups, or nations, conflict is a part of our everyday existence.

The way we react to conflict can have a profound impact on our lives and the lives of those around us. In some cases, non assertiveness and non aggression may help bring out the individual trait of selflessness and individual subordination for the good of the organization.

2. Passivity and selflessness as a reaction to conflict

In some cases, people react to conflict by becoming passive and selfless. This reaction is often seen in people who are trying to maintain peace or avoid further violence.

For example, during the Vietnam War, many American soldiers became frustrated with the seemingly endless fighting. In response, some soldiers began to practice what was known as “fragging” – throwing frag grenades into the tents of their superiors.

While this act of rebellion could have easily turned into a violent uprising, the soldiers who were practicing fragging did so with a sense of selflessness and subordination. They were not trying to hurt anyone, but simply wanted to voice their frustration with the war.

This act of self-sacrifice eventually led to the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. While the soldiers who practice fragging may have never known it, their actions helped end a war that claimed the lives of millions of people.

3. The village bully and the toy taken away

In some cases, people react to conflict by becoming aggressive and bullying those around them. This reaction is often seen in people who feel threatened or are trying to protect themselves from harm.

For example, in many villages around the world, there is often one person who is considered the “bully”. This person is usually someone who is larger and stronger than everyone else in the village. They use their size and strength to intimidate others and get what they want.

One day, the bully in a village takes away a toy from a child who is weaker than them. The child does not fight back or say anything because they are afraid of what the bully might do to them. Bullies thrive on fear and intimidation, so this child’s reaction only makes the bully feel more powerful.
The child goes home crying to their parents who comfort them and tell them that they did the right thing by not fighting back. While the child may have felt powerless in that moment, their parents know that there are other ways to deal with conflict besides violence.
4. Conclusion villagers know that they can stand up to the bully by working together. They know that they are stronger when they stand together than when they are alone. When enough villagers stand up to the bully, they will eventually leave the village and find someone else to pick on.”


The non-assertive reaction is one in which a person does not express their own needs or opinions, and instead either agrees with the other person or remains silent.

An assertive reaction is one in which a person expresses their own needs or opinions in a clear and direct way.

Someone might choose to react in a non-assertive way because they want to avoid conflict or they feel like they do not have the right to speak up.

Reacting in a non-assertive way can be helpful when you are trying to build relationships or when you are trying to defuse a situation that has the potential to become heated.

The downsides of the non-assertive reaction include potentially repressing your own needs and opinions, as well as giving up your power in a situation.