The large majority of life disrupting conflicts occur in two arenas: families, and workplaces. In both, conflict can be either a negative or a positive force, depending on how it is handled. If we handle it reactively, it usually becomes negative. But if we handle it by responding rather than reacting, it can become positive and constructive. It can actually add value to relationships whether at work or at home. For practicing attorneys, the impact of negative conflict at home or in the office can be a serious problem. This seminar explains what it means to respond rather than react in conflict situations, and why doing so has powerful constructive impacts. It then presents several specific behavioral strategies for responding effectively to conflicts. Learning Objectives: To understand the dynamics of conflict interaction in general, as documented by research in many fields. To understand the positive potential in conflict, despite the difficult challenges it presents. To identify the key differences between reacting and responding in conflict situations. To learn four specific and proven methods for responding effectively in conflicts, and recognize their positive impacts.