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The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry definition No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.
Realistic Conflict Theory (RCT), or Realistic Group Conflict Theory (RGCT) is a social-psychological model of intergroup conflict. The theory explains how intergroup hostility can arise as a result of conflicting goals and competition over limited resources. Groups may be in competition for a real or perceived scarcity of resources such as money, political power, military protection, or social status. Feelings of resentment can arise because groups see the competition over resources as having a zero-sums fate, in which only one group is the winner and the other, loses. The length and severity of the conflict is determined by the perceived value and shortage of a given resource. According to RCT, positive relations can only be restored if superordinate goals are in place.