Marriage looks wonderfully endearing to the single man or woman who has never married, and maybe to the divorced person who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for nearly all of us is really a challenging work at times. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so much of ourselves into our marriages – which is each a very good and a undesirable issue.
We deliver in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend also a lot funds, not seek to handle us, that they will want to invest time with us. We also carry in expectations of what our partners need to carry 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 into conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
Lord Help Me Save My Marriage
Words such as, “I felt foolish when you said those things about me in front of your friends!” are much more acceptable because they do not attack the self-worth of your partner while at the same time they do bring up the issues of conflict.
So if your partner criticizes you and you had some history with a critical parent or older brother or sister or teacher, your Old Brain may react emotionally and reactively as though you were once again living with and dealing with that old critic. This can happen even when you consciously know that your partner is different than the old critic and you are now an adult, not a child.
Oftentimes, arguments can come from small issues. But before you shrug it off as only “small,” marriage therapists and studies have proven time and again that it’s these minor issues that can be blown out of proportion and cause major fights among married couples that, in worse cases, could end up in divorce.
Our partner can walk out of the room and we can feel a strong fear of rejection or abandonment–even though the intensity makes no sense rationally. We easily interpret our partners through the lenses of past hurts and sensitivities. The biology of the brain, which was designed to keep us alert and alive and safe, also keeps us very sensitive to our Imago Match — our husbands and wives and life partners.
God may well be saying in the discipline of the irresolvable concerns of marriage – “How critical is this expectation?” And, “Can you let it go?”. Numerous of our expectations may be founded on one thing perfectly ridiculous, unachievable or unsustainable – and in that, it’s up to us to modify. This can be a very challenging word – but it could be nevertheless truthful. And, in this current day, as it is eternally, the truth does set us cost-free.
A fact that has become obvious is that society doesn’t value marriage very much anymore. This is due to the media world that puts divorced people in front of us each and every day. People who are trying to stay together and fight their issues are sometimes seen as weak or scared to face the world on their own. Women or even men who are trying to forgive their unfaithful spouse are often told that they should leave the marriage rather they try reconciliation.
Difficulties In Love Marriage
What’s the difference between good marriages and bad marriages? Several ways you could answer that, but one thing it’s not. It is not that bad marriages have a lot of conflicts while good marriages are fortunate enough to never have any. After thirty years of marriage, I can tell you that all marriages have conflicts.
Our education for learning how to communicate and handle relationship problems usually comes from watching our parents. We copy what they do. If our parents did not show us healthy skills for communicating and resolving conflict, we need to look somewhere else to learn these skills for success in our marriages.
On the other hand, if both spouses are at least willing to try to save the marriage and mature enough to recognize that at least some of the blame might be their own, marriage counseling has a good chance of helping save the relationship. So how does marriage counseling work anyway? Well, many times, couples are so involved in the problems in their marriage they can’t really see what’s causing them.
Welcome to the real world of marriage and long term relationships. Peter Devries (Editor, Novelist, Satirist and Linguist, 1910-1993), said: “The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but we must live with a character.” Greatest truth said about marriage, and what it takes to make marriage a life long time endeavor.
But your husband is facing major challenges at work and expects you to be there for him. However, when he comes home, he walks into an empty house. At the end of the day, you are so tired or emotionally spent that you just want to sleep.
There are decisions to be made, questions to be answered and suddenly two people are faced with issues that weren’t talked about much less thought about prior to the wedding. Fact of the matter is, a lot of people jump the gun.
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.
Millions of people around the globe are experiencing the same problem – difficulties in their marriages. Every marriage will go through some rough patches at some point, but some of us will be forced to experience a way bigger share of marriage conflicts than the others. Constant arguing, spitefulness and endless conflicts are daily occurrences in your life.
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.”
Before two people in love decide to become legally bound in matrimony, and take the vows that are supposed to last until death do you part, some “In depth” planning must be done. A marriage is like a business, and every business starts with a business plan. The same type of plan needs to be made for a marriage.
How does that affect us? It basically sets our expectations about what our marriages should be like and if they are not, then, divorce is inevitable. Which is a completely false expectation and will only set us up for failure.
Why does marriage counseling work for some couples, and not for others? One of the main reasons that some relationships don’t benefit from professional help is that the couple waited too long to seek help.
What are the root causes of conflicts, tensions, arguments, misunderstandings, fights and the like between couples? Whatever causes you can think of, they all boil down to only one thing – Unfulfilled Expectations. Why do I say that? Let me explain.
A great marriage is a gift. The gift needs to be nurtured and cared for to survive and thrive. Growing closer through conflict is an opportunity. Grasp it and continue to grow with your partner. Seek the knowledge of those who can help you move in the right direction, especially when you feel you are alone in your efforts.
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 sex life isn’t working any more! We almost never laugh or have fun with each other. Everything seems heavy. There is virtually no warmth, few hugs, no compliments or appreciations. Nothing seems to be working. If you were a marital therapist who understood about brain physiology, what you immediately know about this couple or these couples?.