Resolving Conflicts, the Confucius’ Way
Conflict Resolution & Negotiation Journal, Vol. 2012, No. 1, pp. 38 - 55, 2012
18 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2012
Date Written: March 25, 2012
Here in this paper, the practitioner-academician/ researcher examines how a Confucian, following the Old Master, resolves conflicts. With various quotes from The Analects and several other sources, several key strategies and ways of conflict resolution, the Confucian way, are discussed. These strategies and ways include, for example, speaking correctly, carrying oneself well (– being a gentleperson; junzi) and being trustworthy, preferring good relationships and valuing harmony, and being patient as well as enduring problems and difficulties.
Keywords: confucian, conflict resolution, face-saving, trustworthy, peace, harmony, tolerate, endure, staying away, forbearance
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