- I have a “right” to be treated with respect, it is other people’s responsibility to treat me respectfully regardless of my behavior.
- I shouldn’t have to be concerned with my own personal safety, my safety should other people’s responsibility.
- I am a business owner, all my employees treat each other politely and fairly at all times. I have no need to manage employee interpersonal conflicts.
- I work with the public on a daily basis. All the people I deal with are reasonable in every situation. They are never hostile, argumentative, or potentially violent.
- I am a college student. I am entitled to have fun and do whatever I want to do. It is my friends’, bystanders’, and the administration’s responsibility to look out for me.
- I am a parent of school age children. It is the school’s responsibility to teach my children how to deal with personal safety, bullying, and social conflict.
- I live and work in the city. I never encounter or observe situations of threatening behavior or interpersonal conflict. If I were to, I would just call the police.
- I live in the country and keep a loaded shotgun by my bed. That is all the conflict management skill I need.
- I once took a self-defense class while in high school. I know how to knockout any “bad guy” with my devastating heel palm strike. My instructor told me so.
- I am a Blackbelt. Nobody would dare mess with me.
- I don’t have time to deal with learning conflict management skills. My time is better spent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- I don’t want to have any expectations put upon me. I would rather be victimized and then blame others for their bad behavior. Others need to change, not me.
- I believe that my personal well-being is primarily a societal issue. It is not fair for me to have to learn personal safety, self-defense, and interpersonal skills.
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