“A full analysis of aconflict can be accomplished by describing the workings of the overall systemsand how those connect to recurring communication patterns inside the systems.
” (Hocker & William W., 2014, p. 222) It is important tounderstand how the systems work as a whole. The main focus of the systems iswholeness, organization, and patterning of the organization. In an environment there are patterns created that aredifferent from other parts that affect one another within. Different systemsreact differently to communication. Within a closed system they do not interactwith their environment.
While in an open system the information that isreceived is used to interact strongly with its environment.Conflict has a chain reaction on the people that theconflict is affecting. Coalitions occur based on the types of bonds betweenpeople. “When two people are coalesced, they orient to one another, share moreinformation, and feel closer to others.” (Hocker & William W., 2014, p. 234)Coalitions can form anywhere; home, work, school, church, extra curricularslike sports or clubs, etc. People form coalitions to feel comfortable and safe.
It gives them the opportunity to talk and have support, and gain power. Sometimeswe need to change our own behavior even if others don’t change theirs withinthe system. “Systems develop rules for conflict that are followed even if theywork poorly.
” (Hocker & William W., 2014, p. 224) System rulesrepeatedly block cooperative conflict. Conflicts that repeat follow a certainpattern. “Organizations have to cope with the complexity of their environment inorder to survive.” (Scneieder, Wickert, & Marti, 2017)The response to environmental complexity is to create internal complexity or collaborativecomplexity.
“Bowenfamily systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as anemotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactionsin the unit. It is the nature of a family that its members are intenselyconnected emotionally.” (Kerr, 2000) Family has a big influenceon it’s members from birth that affect them psychologically, physically, and emotionally.As people it is in our nature to seek acceptance and support that reacts to ourneeds. “Theemotional system as having evolved through natural selection, Bowen believedthe blueprint of the emotional system predated the origin of life and saw theorganization of natural systems as occurring not just within individualorganisms but between organisms in enduring relationship with one another, suchas in a family system.” (Palombi, 2016) A child is driven by individuality and togethernessto become capable in acting, feeling, and thinking for themselves but to also beable to act, feel, and think within the family as a whole. Thingssuch as anxiety and tension between members affects every person of the family justlike a chain reaction.
The more anxiety and tension causes us to become disconnectedfrom each other emotionally and physically. It causes people to become isolatedor withdrawn. The person that takes on the most stress within the system becomessusceptible to illnesses both physically and mentally, alcoholism, and even affairs.