Social Problem-solving Skills
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- Young people need to develop the ability to argue constructively.
- Part of arguing constructively is knowing how to keep a problem in perspective and using language, which highlights how the young person feels.
- “You made this happen” or “it’s your fault!” examples of not fighting constructively.
Negotiation and compromise
- As young people experiment with life’s experiences, situations arise which call for negotiation and compromise.
- In order to discuss and decide on the rules and compromises to be used within a household, skills like staying calm, presenting facts and feelings logically and attempting to see everyone’s opinions from different perspectives, need to be used.
- An example of a compromise is a young person undertaking a part-time job if they intend to leave school early.
- Negotiation and compromise with peers also needs to be established within young people, simple things such as picking a movie needs these skills.
- At times the above negotiation and compromise fail.
- Skills involving conflict resolution are then needed.
- Resolving conflict involves mature approaches to the problem.
- Conflicts can often be quickly resolved by talking through the issue in an open and non-judgmental manner.
- As always, trying to resolve means looking at it fairly and respecting the other person’s opinions.
- The problem will not be easily fixed if both people avoid it; this will only cause more distress.
- Empathy is an appreciative perception or understanding.
- Being empathetic involves mentally trying to ‘feel’ the situation of others as they feel it.
- This might be listening to a young friend while they share their experiences or problems.
- Mentally placing ourselves in the situation, helps us to perceive that persons understanding of the situation.
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