The Conflict Dynamics Profile® is explicitly based on a behavioral orientation. That is, rather than try to identify conflict ‘styles’ which represent a combination of behavior, personality, and motivation that can be difficult to change we made the decision to focus exclusively on the behaviors people typically display when faced with conflict. We made this choice for two reasons.
First, focusing on specific sets of behaviors would allow detailed examination, and subsequently greater understanding, of how people typically respond to conflict.
Second, an explicit behavioral approach, we believed, would provide especially useful information to individuals whose goal is to change.