Probably many of us have either taken formal training, or read self-help articles or books, or simply learned through life experience, about interpersonal skills and conflict resolution. I know I have! And yet, this medium, of posting on a discussion forum with people that many of us haven't met in person, sometimes encourages us to ignore or abandon our usual practices and go at the faceless screen names, even though we have gotten to know each other very well.
Sometimes I think we're like a family of siblings - we get to know each other's online personalities so well that we know exactly what buttons to push and exactly where to slide the knife in, and any boundaries that we would normally not cross when talking to other people in our lives disappear, or get pushed way back.
So...I wonder if we can discuss ways we've learned of dealing with conflict without personally attacking the person we're dealing with.
A note: it would be great if we could not drag fights from other threads into this one. Perhaps the first rule of this thread should be: no using negative examples of OTHER people's behaviour - if we must use a negative example, we use a negative example of our OWN behaviour.
Can we do it? Let's see. :)