The High Cost of Avoiding Conflict

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What are some personal benefits of not avoiding conflict?
Air Date: 12/4/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD
Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. His shamanic work is drawn from a mix of North American and South American indigenous traditions and is influenced by Jungian analytic psychology.

He has worked or trained with shamans on five continents and trained at Dr. Alberto Villoldo's Healing the Light Body School, where he has taught. Carl Greer is involved in various businesses and charities, teaches at the Jung Institute in Chicago, is on the staff of the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, and holds workshops on shamanic topics.

He is the author of Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Shamanic and Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformation © 2014, Findhorn Press. Now available at and
  • Book Title: Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Shamanic and Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformation
The High Cost of Avoiding Conflict
Conflict is necessary for growth, but we often avoid it.

Sometimes it's because you might feel emotionally insecure when you think about contradicting someone you care about or bringing up a topic that might put them on the defensive.

Yet, you might be overestimating the risk of a response of anger, hurt, or resistance to what you have to say.

Even if some risk is involved, and the other person is not entirely happy with you confronting him or her, avoidance can be a costly choice.

How can you help yourself or your partner get over your fear of conflict?

Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss why avoiding conflict is never a good idea, and why you need it in order to grow.


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