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I often ask participants to share their first thought when they think of conflict. Most often, the responses are negative. I follow up by asking, “How often do we deal with conflict?” Eventually, we reach the conclusion that conflict is a daily occurrence and a natural part of our lives. As we move away from all the negative aspects of conflict, we discuss the benefits and how ultimately it helps us to grow. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable dealing with conflict and prefer to avoid it. Skilled facilitators must be prepared to deal with conflicts that inevitably occur in any type of group or life situation. It helps to develop and master a healthy response to conflict when it shows up.