Truth and Conflikt
There can only be one truth! Is that really so? But who is right? A characteristic of conflict communication is that it tries to clarify this. But why is it so important that someone is right or gets it right? The answer is simple and pragmatic. It is not always possible for both or all to get or keep right. In such cases, social systems need a way of dealing with the situation. It is necessary to decide on a truth so that one can act (together), have a focus for the use of many forces and resources. In the family, the holiday destination is decided so that one doesn’t pack the crampons, the other the air mattress, and then one of the two is not needed. Apparently this is trivial. But there is always the view to be read that it is possible to “discord”, i.e. to socially agree on factually contradictory things under the cloak of tolerance and appreciation. Of course, there are cases where this is possible. But if there is a compulsion to agree on the facts (how? Where? What?) or on the time (when?) or socially (who?), then this is not an option. Then they will contradict each other and one will give up or (have to) put his truth on the back burner – for this time or for a while.