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Our browseable glossary of terms related to conflict resolution in education provides quick access to terms you may hear used in the field.

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  • Reframing
    Definition: we change the interpretation of an event or communication, we take threatening information or events and see something positive in it or vice versa
  • Regulators
    Definition: the nonverbal communication behaviors that function as ",traffic signals",, vocal and gestural actions that control the flow of interactive speech
    Related term(s): Turn-taking behavior
  • Relational bids
    Definition: a meta-message that proposes how we define the relationship and how we define self and other in that relationship
    Related term(s): Meta-messages
  • Resistance point
    Definition: In bargaining, the worst outcome you will accept and still settle
    Related term(s): Bottom-line
  • Retrospective goals
    Definition: How we see our goals in conflict after the conflict has been managed - hindsight
  • Reward/coercion power
    Definition: Influence we have because we have the ability to reward or punish someone
  • Saving face
    Definition: preserving our image or face we present after we have perceived a threat to or attack against that face
  • Secondary appraisals
    Definition: In Lazarus' theory of emotions, the appraisals or judgments we make about whether someone is to blame and how well we can cope with the event
  • Secondary emotions
    Definition: blends of primary emotions, more complex, less comparable cross-culturally
    Related term(s): Blended emotions
  • Self-concept
    Definition: knowing who you are and what makes you different from others
    Related term(s): identity
  • Self-esteem
    Definition: the level of confidence and satisfaction you have with your self-concept
  • Self-serving bias
    Definition: A perceptual bias we have when we give ourselves credit for the good things but blame the situation or other people for the bad things
  • Self-soothing
    Definition: an emotion management strategy that helps one feel better, moving from an emotionally negative to an emotionally positive state
    Related term(s): Mood repair
  • Settlement range
    Definition: In bargaining, the difference between your target point and your resistance point
  • Sex
    Definition: refers to the biological classification of a particular person (male/female)
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