Marriage looks wonderfully endearing to the single particular person who has in no way married, and maybe to the divorced individual who hankers for some thing to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for virtually all of us is really a tough perform at occasions. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so considerably of ourselves into our marriages – which is each a good and a poor point.
We carry in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend as well much money, not look for to management us, that they will want to invest time with us. We also bring in expectations of what our partners must deliver to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to identify just four. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now become conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
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For many of us, dealing with conflict in our marriage is not something we handle very well, especially with all the unsolicited advice we get from friends and family that leave you feeling alone and unsure what to do to save your marriage.
The first attitude we should adopt is one of hope. Hope that it is possible, and that you can save your marriage and live a happy and loving marriage. As it is said that 80% of success begins with your psychology and 20% with what you actually do, then, to set yourself up for success, most your investment should be with your psychology and the rest should be doing the right things, and following the right advice.
Another step you can take is to always find a way to resolve your conflicts. If you and your spouse allow yourselves to get affected by your fights and don’t talk it out to settle the issues, there’s a possibility that you will end up avoiding each other leading to estrangement. You don’t want that to happen, would you? So make a commitment together with your partner to solve your problems as soon as possible.
In this series of articles, I’d like to share with you principles for handling any conflict. Here’s the first principle for dealing with any conflict. You’ve got to be honest with each other in a marriage.
Commitment in a marriage is a choice by one or both partners. Hopefully both will agree on this and always maintain that spirit. If communication has broken down and negative behaviors have crept in to the relationship then some work will need to be done in order to revive the marriage.
Jealousy, Most people would agree that a certain amount of jealousy can add passion and sizzle to a relationship – after all who wants an indifferent spouse? However, too much jealousy (or irrational or “controlling” jealousy) can cause major conflicts in your marriage if it gets to the point that one spouse begins to feel alienated or that one’s partner simply mistrusts the other.
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Personality is your public persona. Personality is how people experience you when they meet you, when they interact with you. Personality is the part of you that “falls in love.” Personality is the impressive side of you. Character is who you really are; it’s the core of you. Character is the person you are when no one is watching.
Communicate, communicate, communicate, Don’t make your spouse have to be a mind reader. As in business and among friends, poor communication (usually the lack of communication) is commonly the cause of many conflicts in personal relationships. Talk with your spouse and then talk again. Intimacy by communication is highly valued by wives.
It would be nice to know if there was a simple process or formula you could use to find the right partner. Unfortunately there isn’t, but many people seem to rush into marriage. Avoid the quick marriage problem, but instead wait a few years to tie the knot. Marriage conflict will be less if you have grown together over years and know each other so deeply.
Our wives and husbands are dealing with irresolvable problems – struggles and frustrations – just as we are – but they are just different. If we can flip toward them, releasing our expectations in faith, their release is imminent, and then so is ours. The irresolvable issues in marriage will either torment us as we hold onto our unrealistic expectations for modify, or they will release us into a new season of peace and joy.
There should be a study done with couples who waited to marry for say three years and see if the rate of divorce is better. It would be interesting to see if this would help out as much as it seems like it should.
Divorce is emotionally traumatic for some people and it had been compared to dealing with death by some people who have gone through a divorce. It can also be very challenging for the emotional well being of children, even if it’s what we call an amicable divorce. The separation will still be there, and the child will still lose one of his parents “full-time” so to speak.
Tell your partner every day at least one thing you appreciate about who they are or something they have done. Make every effort to see the concerns of your partner through their eyes. Avoid dismissing their feelings and experience when you do not understand or agree. Never criticize or put down your partner in public. Nurture healthy interests outside your relationship.
One thing almost no one knows about saving a marriage, is that conflict is good for your relationship. The one lesson I wish I had learned years ago is that conflict is an opportunity. It is one of the few ways to resolve differences, change people’s hearts rather than their circumstances, and bring two people closer together than they were before.
Spend time with your partner as this helps them feel important to you. It is a recipe for marriage conflict if you get married and then spend your time constantly overworking, playing golf or going out with your girlfriends. Your partner may feel neglected and abandoned and wonder why they married you in the first place.
Not long ago a mother confided in me (after a number of conversations) that after 32 years of marriage she was actually flipping because she was comparing her daughter’s marriage with hers and she saw her daughter happier than she had herself ever been. She was actually contemplating divorce to find someone that would provide her with what she thought was missing in her life.
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.
Another way a good counselor can help a couple is by helping them improve their conflict resolution skills, which is just a fancy way of saying learning to get along, even when you disagree.When two people live together for any length of time, there’s bound to be some conflict.
Here is one principle my wife and I have practiced ever since our courting days. Never go to bed with unresolved conflicts. Even if you have to stay up all night to talk things through, do it if it can restore peace between you both. Then you can both sleep in peace. I know it is not always possible but this is a good practice and you should work towards it as far as possible.