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What Conflict Animal Are You?

Find out what animal matches your conflict management style.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    Pick a word that best describes how you approach a conflict.
    • A.
      Collaborative 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
    • B.
      Avoid 
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)
    • C.
      Compete
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • D.
      Accommodate 
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • E.
      Compromise 
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
  • 2.
    Choose a values statement.
    • A.
      I highly value personal goals and relationships with others. 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
    • B.
      I value the ability to change my personal goals and relationships with others when necessary. 
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)
    • C.
      I value personal goals over relationships with others. 
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • D.
      I value relationships with others over personal goals. 
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • E.
      I somewhat value personal goals and relationships with others. 
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
  • 3.
    You view conflict as...
    • A.
      A problem to be solved 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
    • B.
      Something to avoid 
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)
    • C.
      A battle
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • D.
      Something that happens
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • E.
      A negotiation 
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
  • 4.
    Select a personal strength.
    • A.
      Calm 
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)
    • B.
      Friendliness 
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • C.
      Courageous 
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • D.
      Communication 
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
    • E.
      Integrity 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
  • 5.
    Select something you need to work on.
    • A.
      Being more involved 
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)
    • B.
      Being more vocal
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • C.
      Being more empathetic
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • D.
      Being more collaborative 
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
    • E.
      Being more concise 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
  • 6.
    When someone approaches you with a conflict you...
    • A.
      Withdraw
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)
    • B.
      Compete 
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • C.
      Hide 
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • D.
      Confront 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
    • E.
      Debate
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
  • 7.
    Select a phrase that best matches how you handle conflict.
    • A.
      The strongest person always wins. 
      (Correlates to: Competing Shark)
    • B.
      Two heads are better than one. 
      (Correlates to: Collaborating Owl)
    • C.
      Let's split the difference. 
      (Correlates to: Compromising Fox)
    • D.
      I don't care that much; have it your way. 
      (Correlates to: Accommodating Teddy Bear)
    • E.
      I'd rather not deal with it now. 
      (Correlates to: Avoiding Turtle)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Collaborating Owl
    “I’m sure we can work together for a better solution” Confronts problems View conflicts as problems to be solved Use conflict to improve relationships Identifies the conflict to approach solutions Finds solutions agreeable to all sides Values goals and relationships Advantages: Both sides get what they want and negative feelings are eliminatedDisadvantages: Takes a great deal of time and effort
  • 2.
    Avoiding Turtle
    “It’s not worth the trouble” Withdraw from conflict Prefer to hide and ignore conflict than resolve Uncooperative and unassertive Tend to give up personal goals Display passive behavior Advantages: Helps maintain relationships that would be hurt by conflict resolutionDisadvantages: Conflicts remain unresolved; Overuse leads to others walking over them
  • 3.
    Competing Shark
    “I know I’m right” Forceful and competitive Highly goal-oriented Relationships take a lower priority Won’t hesitate to use aggressive behavior Autocratic, authoritative, and uncooperative Threatening and intimidating Need to win; therefore others must lose Advantages: Quick decisions if the Shark is correctDisadvantages: May breed hostility and resentment toward the Shark
  • 4.
    Accommodating Teddy Bear
    “I’ll do what you want so we don’t argue” Smoothing style Emphasis on human relationships Ignores their own goals Resolve conflict by giving into others Unassertive and cooperative Advantages: Maintains relationships of individuals in conflictDisadvantages: Giving in to each conflict may not be productive; Negotiator may get taken advantage of
  • 5.
    Compromising Fox
    “If I give you this, you give me that” Concern for goals and relationships Assertive for compromise Seeking a middle ground between extremes Attempts to let both sides gain something Willing to sacrifice some of their goals while persuading others to give up part of theirs Advantages: Relationships are maintained and conflicts are removedDisadvantages: Compromise may create less than ideal outcome; Can result in game-playing