HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 3 no. 3 (2002)

The Indigenous Psychology Of Conflict And Conflict Resolution

Madelene Sta. Maria

Discipline: Social Science



An attempt is made in the study to include culture in understanding the self in situations of conflict and in the ways conflicts are resolved. Conflict episodes were collected through individual interviews. These episodes were analyzed in terms of the context properties that signify conflict and its resolution. The analysis of norms, goals, and values in the episodes produced three models that represent the indigenous psychology of conflict and four models that represent the indigenous psychology of conflict resolution. From the indigenous psychological perspective, conflict results in a lack of coherence in, and a consequent restriction of the self. Conflict makes the individual more acutely aware of relations with the other. Conflict is resolved when the self is once again re-integrated into the system of relations in the individual's social world.