Marriage would seem wonderfully endearing to the single individual who has never ever married, and possibly to the divorced individual who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is very a challenging function at occasions. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so much of ourselves into our marriages – which is the two a excellent and a undesirable issue.
We deliver in expectations of being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not commit also significantly money, not look for to manage us, that they will want to spend time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners need to carry to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to name just four. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now turn into aware due to our encroaching annoyance.
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The Old Brain knows how to mate. The sexual response occurs primarily in a place of safety. The Old Brain knows how to play. The Old Brain knows how to nurture and be affectionate. The Old Brain knows how to work and be creative. The Old Brain knows how to sleep and rest and relax. Every week hundreds of couples go into a therapist’s office and share some version of the following.
The Old Brain knows how to run. How do you run in a relationship? Literally leave the house, go for a drive, separate, work later and later at the office. The Old Brain knows how to “freeze.”The twig snaps in the forest and the deer freezes. Have you ever come home and sensed that something was amiss and you were in trouble and froze. That is, decide to say nothing or do nothing until you can assess the danger.
Marriage saving secrets are available to any couple who wants to have a long lasting marriage free from the problems prevalent in our society today. The life blood of any marriage depends on each partner’s ability to care, to feel attachment, to love, develop intimacy, express emotion and to commit to resolving marriage conflicts without any feeling of conquest.
Therefore when something happens “now” that is similar to something that happened years ago as a child, the Old Brain (that controls emotion and reactivity) connects to the prior experience as information about the present event, but does not experience the old experience as “old.” The emotion that was present then is brought into the present experience and we experience the combined emotion of then and now.
Our natural desire is to find a pleasurable solution, but most couples don’t know how to recover when they experience relationship problems. Usually they keep doing over and over what they know to do and it doesn’t work.
The 90/10 Principle, This is why we talk about the 90/10 principle of relationships. Ninety percent of the upset, hurt, emotion and reactivity we experience in our marriage is actually related to our history. Only ten percent is related to the present event. Some theorists even argue that 100 percent of “reactivity” is related to the past.
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The Good News, The good news is that brain physiology also explains how and why marriage is the best and most powerful and most effective place for healing to happen. If your partner gives you now what you needed as a child or teenager and did not get, if your partner gives you now what you needed when you were hurt as a child and didn’t get enough of, your Old Brain does not say, “Sorry, it’s too late.
There are entire dating services structured around that idea. I believe though, that a better thing to focus on is learning healthy conflict resolution. The truth is that every relationship is going to find itself facing conflict at some point. If everyone simply decided to throw in the towel and quit the relationship, no marriage would last.
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.
This partly explains why suddenly with our life partner, we can feel an intensity of feeling powerless, fearful, helpless even though we intellectually know we are not powerless and helpless. The “Timeless” Old Brain The second thing that is important to know about the Old Brain is that is has no concept of time. It knows nothing about years, decades, and schedules. It lives in the “eternal now.”
Make the decision, with your spouse, to be committed to the relationship not matter what. Be Loving and Kind To One Another – You are a team now. The two became one. It is about two people, you AND me, rather than you VERSUS me. If you can remember that you two are a team, and that teammates work together, you will handle things differently. Remember, there is no “I” in “TEAM.”
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.
This puts a huge strain on your relationship. If this keeps up, you will be faced with a disaster in your marriage. Again, how did that conflict begin?. It started with the unfulfilled expectation of your husband towards you. When one spouse expects something of the other and that expectation is not met, miscommunication occurs.
This is required when both the partners feel strongly that they are no longer able to proceed with the relation. Though people still want to keep meeting and save the relation; in most cases they do not know how to do it.
So what exactly does it mean to be loving and kind? Well at the most basic level, for a marriage that is really hurting, start by being civil with one another. Be decent, don’t yell or call names. From there you should move into being kind and loving.
There are basically two reactions towards anything that displeases a person. Some people blow up. They may shout, scream, rant or rave and after they have done so, they cool down and return to normal. Others on the other hand, keep their anger or bitterness inside them by clamming up. They may display their displeasure in their faces or body language but they would not vocalize it or act on it there and then.
Methods of Resolving Conflicts: It should not be thought that conflicts are abnormal in marriage. Conflicts are inevitable, even in marriage because of past experiences, the different environments in which the couples were brought up and difference in personality. The solution therefore does not depend in trusting that conflicts will not occur, but depends on knowing how to resolve them when they occur.
Balthasar Gracian wrote in his 17th century manual on success, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, as follows: “You are as much a real person as you are deep. As with the depths of a diamond, the interior is twice as important as the surface. There are people who are all facade, like a house left unfinished when the funds run out. They have the entrance of a palace but the inner rooms of a cottage.”
Words such as, “You are so stupid, why did I marry you in the first place?” are intensely damaging to the marriage relationship. Successfully married couples know the secret of arguing correctly. Their secret is to stick to the facts (rather than opinions) and issues about the conflict.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t work to achieve an answer to a marriage conflict even if you’re not married. In fact maybe it will be a bit easier to settle. It takes two people to work through any marriage conflict. So you need to see if both of you are willing to work out problems.
For a marriage to work you need to spend time and attention on it. It is no different to running a business or growing plants; they all require nurturing to blossom and grow. Reassure your partner that you love them daily. Some people get married and think that their partner knows that they love them so why should they have to say it. It shows your partner that you still care about them.
Conflict will be present in even the best marriages. A couple that says they never have conflict is either in denial or they just aren’t really living. Unfortunately when couples think of conflict they will often attach negative connotations to it. A better way to understand conflict in marriage would be to look at it introspectively.