Contending

Negotiating Qualms

Negotiating Qualms

In our course on Positive Interpersonal Dynamics, we were presented with an assignment to trade a small 3×4 notebook. Over a period of 10 days, we were expected to engage in multiple exchanges with the goal being to trade as many times as possible to see what we ended up with. To some, this sounded like an exciting adventure. To me, this sounded terrifying. This act of trading, negotiating, asking for favors, and approaching people was something I was not comfortable with. I decided that I wouldn’t do the activity and that I would learn from other people’s experiences in class instead. When it came time to discuss the activity, however, I started to think about what had really stopped me from doing this negotiation exercise.