Marriage would seem wonderfully endearing to the single particular person who has in no way married, and possibly to the divorced person who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is fairly a tough work at times. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so significantly of ourselves into our marriages – which is the two a excellent and a undesirable point.
We bring in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend too a lot income, not seek out to manage us, that they will want to invest time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners need to deliver to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to name just 4. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now turn out to be aware due to our encroaching annoyance.
Therapy For Relationships
There are lots of solutions to save a marriage, but you first have to realize what your particular problems are. Spend some time looking objectively at your marriage and try to come up with a solution to what you see as the real problems. Talk to your spouse about it, too. He or she may have unique ideas for solutions that you may not have considered.
My general advice to all couples is to give up your individual rights for the sake of your spouse. That is the first step towards personal change. When your spouse can see the changes in you, he or she will begin to change, too. Then and only then can there be any hope of saving your marriage.
Marital problems can lead to divorce and it is important to know the best ways of overcoming marriage problems to keep your marriage intact. It is normal to encounter problems and conflicts in any relationship and it can be very hard to avoid them but if you know how to deal with them, your relationship will last for years.
Finally, the Old Brain knows how to submit. Submitting, interestingly, can be a protective strategy. When a wolf challenges the head of the wolf pack for leadership, there is a terrific fight. Eventually, the losing wolf will roll over on his back an expose his neck to the conquering wolf. The conquering wolf will place his jaws around the submitting wolf’s neck, but won’t kill it.
Character is the decisions you make when no one hears you. Character is what happens in your mind in a split second! Character is the person you become when you face a crisis or when all things come tumbling down.
Listen carefully to their response, restate it to them to be certain you both are hearing things the way they were intended. Ask for their feedback on your statements to be certain they understand what you are saying.
Stop Divorce Prayers
When the time comes to continue the discussion it always helps to lovingly remind them that during your time of reflection, you realized how grateful you are for them, for your relationship, whatever it is that you value about them. This paves the way for heartfelt discussions.
In the best of all possible worlds, we would be well prepared for handling conflict before we get married. My experience in my office tells me that is just not the case for most couples. Part of the reason for this is there is just so much in a marriage relationship that can cause conflict. I’ve written before about what’s called the Big Six, the six main areas of conflict in marriage.
If your relationship with your spouse on the rocks and you’re considering therapy, you might be wondering if it will really help. That’s a fair question. Does marriage counseling work for everyone? Of course not, but it may help you, especially if you don’t wait too long.
The Cortex (The Computer Brain), Finally we all have a cortex, the part of our brain that is conscious, intentional, rational, and choiceful. It is the cortex you are using now as you read this article. It is the part of us that can be self-aware, reflective, and self-observant. It is the part of our brain that allows us to communicate in complex languages and develop science, literature and art.
However, in many circumstances, couples can simply agree to disagree, and move on. They learn to “co-exist” on the issue in question. I know of many couples who have taken this route on various issues and continue to have very strong marriages. What can happen over time, after being given the room to each have their opinion, spouses are able to move into compromise.
Instead, you should understand that happiness in your relationship comes from how you deal with incompatibility. This one essential skill is missing in so many marriages today and thus we are seeing marriages dissolve at an alarming rate. I know this idea is contrary to everything we hear and see around us. So much of the focus in our culture is about people finding compatibility with others.
I am not saying you should become like a puppet to your partner without a will of your own. There are certain things that cannot be compromised. For example, having an affair is not allowed and physical abuse cannot be tolerated. But in a marriage, these non-negotiable things are few. In most things a certain degree of compromise is possible and even crucial in saving your marriage.
Think about the good times in your marriage and those times when the marriage were able to survive the difficult trials. If you have survived the previous conflicts in your marriage, you can also survive your current problems in your marriage.
Open communication and a willingness to compromise for the good of the household can negate a lot of these types of conflicts. Of course, there are plenty of additional causes of marital strife that arise based on individual circumstances. Regardless, one of the key components to rectifying marital disputes first determining their source.
Likewise, you and your spouse each have a “love tank”, and when it is empty, the marriage stops performing. It is therefore imperative to be sure your spouse’s love tank is always full. Keep the romance alive.
Without being unkind, simply tell your loved one that you need a chance to regroup, that you would like to just calm down or reflect on the situation before continuing the discussion with them. Choose your words carefully to diffuse the situation. Be kind, be gracious and agree to a time when you would like to continue your discussion.
The important thing to understand about the Mid-Brain is that our emotions are not controlled by the conscious, intentional part of our brain (that’s coming next). The old saying, “Emotions have no brains”.
When you do step away from the situation, take time to remember why you love your partner and why you came together in the first place. Be grateful for all the positive aspects of your relationship and your partner. Just this act of conscious gratitude will put you in a more positive frame of mind to begin the healing process.