Inner conflict is the sensation of feeling torn by beliefs, desires, and feelings. In psychology, this is often known as ‘cognitive dissonance’. We can struggle to tell whether something is right or wrong or think both, creating great tension within us. One of our most significant challenges as humans is to decipher what moral course we much take.
Types of Inner Conflict
- We often come across moral problems in life. Ethical issues can span religious and political ideas as well as personal conflicts. We can be torn between different ideologies or motions to try and find a resolution for the greater good or ourselves.
- We can experience conflict in relationships too. We can feel conflicted about the nature of a relationship or conflicting feelings for an individual or about being true to ourselves within the context of a relationship.
- Self-image can cause inner conflict, often through our ideas about how we are perceived and how we wish to be perceived by others and with evidence that contradicts our fundamental beliefs about aspects of life itself.
What Causes Inner Conflict
Internal conflict arises from a dissonance of two different viewpoints held within one individual. This can be due to many factors, such as what we have been programmed to believe by family and peers met with the exposure to new ideas, religious and societal values called into question or morally conflicting. Above all, the way we cling to our ideas for a sense of security means we cannot always easily detach from them.
How to resolve inner conflict
When facing internal conflict, we seek to find a resolution of inner peace. This can seem unattainable when we are in the depths of competition, but we can take steps to work towards an answer.
It is vital that we can detach from our thoughts and recognise that they are just that. By harnessing our thoughts, we can distinguish between logical ideas and a potential motivation of fear or bias. As discussed later, guided meditation practices can be highly effective in solving internal conflict.
Weigh up the good and bad of each argument. Perhaps write them out to clear your mind of all the overwhelming thoughts. Articulating your ideas can help you resolve with clarity. It also helps to establish an end goal or proper motivation; that way, we can work out how to logically connect the correct answer to the plan we so desire.
If we find ourselves still perplexed by the question, consider distancing ourselves from it altogether. We may find that we only desire an answer because the question is tricky or involves a topic that plays on our mind out of fear and anxiety. Sometimes not gaining an answer is the healthiest solution.
Guided Meditation and Inner Conflict
The essence of guided meditation is to improve the clarity of our thought processes. As a result, it can be highly beneficial for decision-making processes and handling conflict resolution effectively. Using guided meditation with the help of a mentor can develop greater self-knowledge, in turn aiding our ability to cope with life’s challenges.