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Part III: Protecting Yourself from Self-... > Guarding Against Escalating Conflict

Chapter 23. Guarding Against Escalating Conflict

Self-sabotage can occur in many ways. Sometimes it comes from being overly sensitive to small matters, such as minor rebuffs, unintentional slights, and the like. At other times, major problems, such as deep-seated personality conflicts or prejudice, can cause severe damage to self-esteem. Self-sabotage also can occur when we permit conflicts away from work to spill over into the workplace and damage our careers. The following examples illustrate these three common ways people sabotage themselves.

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Jose knew he had offended Randall when he neglected to include him in a decision-making meeting. Jose apologized quickly, stating how he valued their relationship, and invited Randall to lunch. Before lunch ended, the relationship had been fully restored.


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