Married Life Difficulties

Marriage would seem wonderfully endearing to the single person who has never married, and maybe to the divorced person who hankers for something to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for nearly all of us is really a tough operate 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 the two a very good and a bad factor.

We bring in expectations of being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not invest too significantly cash, not seek to handle us, that they will want to spend time with us. We also bring in expectations of what our partners ought 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 grow to be conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.

How Successful Couples Resolve Conflicts

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As there are various causes, events, deeds or situations that can lead to marital conflicts so are there various ways, methods, tips and strategies to resolve them. Depending on the nature of the cause of the marriage conflict, you will get a strategy that best suits it as regards its proper and appropriate resolution.

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.

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.

Even in the field of psychotherapy where the goal is often to understand and gain some control in regards to emotion, this is outside our choiceful or volitional control. We can learn to manage and understand and learn from our emotions; we cannot control them directly. Our Mid-Brain (the mammalian brain) is in charge of that.

Here’s an example. Suppose I asked my husband to stop at the grocery store on his way home from work to pick up a few groceries. He forgets! I greet him at the door and discover him empty-handed. If fighting were my typical response, I would nag him about forgetting and accuse him of not caring about me. This would be a verbal attack, which is just one way of fighting. This is PEACE BREAKING.

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.

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If this can be done in a civil and business like manner, it will be absolutely conducive to marriage survival. A wise man once said “Make your plan – and then work it”. Conflict between husband and wife is a normal part of every marriage. However, there comes a point when it can be damaging to the relationship if not handled properly.

Allow each other the opportunity to talk freely and listen genuinely without preconceived notions or becoming defensive. Do not anticipate what your partner would say and start thinking of a reply. Hear your partner out completely. Cultivate an environment where expressing feelings to one another is a positive experience.

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.

Of course, I jumped to the occasion and asked the obvious question… “Who is Nikki? The one your husband Mike met 10 years ago or the Nikki he sees now?” She soon saw the difference between personality and character. Personality, (the nice Nikki) was revealed when things were new and smooth.

Please, whatever you do, ensure that you adopt this single most effective tip to help save my marriage which is none other than adopting a positive attitude. In any relationship, and that includes marriage, conflicts can occur every now and then. Disagreements are bound to happen over a wide range of issues, whether big or small, but it’s essential that couples know how to settle their conflicts in a calm manner.

Well of course you’ll have conflicts. You are two people coming from two families with two different backgrounds, personalities, interests, life aspirations, expectations, cultures, biases, prejudices (oh yes you do!), political perspectives, religious experiences, spending patterns, and soooo much more.

There are basically three key ingredients to compromise each person gives a little, each person gets as many needs met as possible, and each person works for the good of the relationship, not their own desires.

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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.

Working and providing the income may be a way to show your partner that you love them. Some people feel loved when others do things for them, some when they hear it, others when they are touched and yet others when they see it written. Your partner may need to hear it from you.

The Mid-Brain (The Mammalian Brain), The second brain, like it or not, is similar to mammals. This is the part of our brain that mediates or controls emotion. We generally do not think of snakes or lizards as having emotion, but mammals (dogs, cats, etc.) experience what we call emotion. They can be afraid, angry, loving, happy, etc. Humans have a wide and rich range of emotion.

Do you want some free advice to save your marriage? Take it from me. I have counseled countless couples whose marriages were on the rocks. The big picture is that to save your marriage YOU must change first before expecting your spouse to change.

So where can you go to learn these skills? Both marriage counseling and relationship psychoeducation for couples have demonstrated effectiveness. Successful approaches include, learning proven skills for communication and confiding effectively, resolving misunderstanding and conflict productively, healing old relationship wounds permanently and increasing intimacy successfully.

The Bad News, This then is the biological explanation of why there can be so much intense emotion in relationships. The Old Brain treats emotional risk as a survival issue and combines history with the present and confuses people, events and time. Our partner can raise their eyebrow in a certain way and we can feel a knife go through our gut.

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.

It is unrealistic to think that you can eliminate conflict from a relationship. A good marriage and family counselor will instead teach a couple healthy ways to resolve their conflicts without damaging their relationship.

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