Conflict, a noun defined here by the Oxford English dictionary as ‘a serious disagreement or argument’, is a common-place word in the English language and is used in a variety of contexts to describe different types of disputes, disagreements or clashes in beliefs, values, ideas etc.
It’s common to hear conflict being used to describe a war (‘the conflict in Iraq’) on the latest news bulletin, or to read it summarising yet another legal proceeding of some kind (‘conflict of interests’) in one tabloid or another. What is most common though, and often unchanging about this word are the connotations linked to it. Conflict as an notion will generally always conjure up negative images, emotions and scenarios in the minds’ of most people. Why? Well simply put, because conflict can’t ever be a good thing, right? Wrong!