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The “Lens Model of Conflict”

In the current essay I will describe the “Lens Model of Conflict”, which is described as representing the building blocks of conflict. I will explain how the “lens model” works, what the central features of the “lens model are and I will provide an example of how two parties in conflict have different perspectives of the same situation.

Increasingly clear that social and psychological sciences, new paradigm, is a key element of the analysis and resolution of conflicts. One of the main reasons that prompted researchers to focus their interest on the nature, causes and consequences of social and psychological conflicts, have, of course, the social upheavals. Lens model shows two people looking through their own lenses at each other. The lens is thought to influence the view of Self, Other, Relationship.

One reason for the weak interest in creating a unified theory of conflict is apparent evidence for many researchers the meaning of “conflict”. Indeed, that may be “obvious” definition of the conflict – the clash and struggle. On the basis of this definition is often visited by no less than the “obvious” conclusion that only the destructive nature of the conflict. Of peace and harmony thereby given the status of supreme value, and the desire for it is defined the main goal of social and political activities.

The Lens Model of Conflict is discussed by represents the building blocks of a conflict. This ways it is easy to compare interpersonal conflicts with this model. “Each person has lens that gives that person a particular perspective; they are looking at the conflict with a different lens, just as people use different types of glasses to see”.

“Lens Model provides individuals with a new vocabulary for talking about conflict resolution. Based on research comparing constructive and destructive conflicts, the model prescribes basic steps toward managing conflict constructively. More importantly, it allows people to see their range of options and choose behavior that is appropriate for the situation.”, according to Conflict Lens (2011).

It can be said that the Lens allows individuals to analyze conflicts in hindsight. One or two conflict scenarios are examined. The strategies that were used in managing these conflicts are depicted graphically. The Lens also measures how constructive or destructive the outcomes of the conflicts were. Individuals are guided through a process of examining their successes and shortcomings in managing conflict. As a result, people learn a new conceptual framework for viewing their options in managing future conflicts.”

It should be noted that the conflict is an important area of study, as all people face it as they move through their interpersonal, family, and work lives. Personal history and emotions, along with the other influences, make a difference in how you respond to conflict. Images and perceptions influence the imagination and language, which in the future shape meaning to conflict episodes. “The lens model of conflict helps to see the way gender and culture shape behaviors and influence perceptions of others’ communicative behavior.”, according to Interpersonal Conflict (2011). It can be said that gender often plays a key role in the behaviors which people choose in conflict, and also influences how one sees others. Finally, one’s culture (such as being individualistic or collectivistic) affects one’s behaviors and one’s perceptions of others in a conflict.


Conflict Lens (2011). Retrieved July 4, 2011 from http://www.conflictlens.com/model.aspx
Interpersonal Conflict (2011). Retrieved July 4, 2011 from http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073385131/student_view0/chapter2/chapter_overview.html