Marriage appears wonderfully endearing to the single man or woman who has never ever married, and probably to the divorced man or woman who hankers for one thing to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for almost all of us is fairly a hard function at instances. (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 poor thing.
We carry in expectations of becoming ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not spend also much income, not look for to handle us, that they will want to commit time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners should bring to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to identify 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
Many people see conflict as something to avoid at all costs. Others are constantly engaging in conflict because they feel they must look out for number one and don’t know how to resolve conflict without a full blown battle. Sometimes, depending on the situation, you may avoid a fight; while at other times, you attack before you even have time to think about it.
Not talking, refusing to share or self-disclose, lying, keeping secrets. When I was in graduate school, one of my professors told of an architect who build a secret room in his home and did not tell his wife about it.
It is common for any initial discomfort you have to go away early in the workshop. An added value: couples are likely to spend significantly less time and money to obtain positive results. How do you decide what services are right for you and your spouse? Start by seeking out a counselor who specializes in relationship problems.
Be completely honest. Admit wrongs without blame-shifting. Don’t counter accuse by saying, “I admit I was wrong in the first place but you were wrong in the second place also”. Leave out the ‘but’ part.
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.
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.
Can This Marriage Be Saved Stories
But marriage lasts too long, the encounters become constant, and in close quarters for anyone to sustain a public persona. Personalities eventually give way to an INNER SELF which is much deeper and stronger.
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.
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.
Marriage isn’t easy, and after the first few years of initial bliss, conflicts will inevitably arise. This is normal. But how do you know when your marriage has reached the point of being in danger? Some important clues are things like substance abuse.
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.
A good therapist can identify specific steps you can take for your individual situation to improve the areas that are weak in your marriage and to further strengthen those that are already working.
Speak about what actually happened, who did what, what was said by whom and when, how you felt when it happened and how your partner’s words or actions affected you.
If nothing works, it is better to look for an opinion where you feel more comfortable and secure. Saving your marriage requires efforts from both sides, not just from one partner. If the other spouse does not show any effort or interest in building up the relationship, it would become harder to do so.
I know what I am saying might sound radical to you, but before you turn away from reading the rest of this article, allow me to reveal to you the ONE single ROOT of ALL marital conflicts. What Is The Root of All Conflicts?.
To maintain a strong marital bond then, the experts suggest that couples should take concrete steps to avoid conflicts that can come from the little stuff. One way is to talk things out while you have some private time with your partner. Remember that open communication is key to understanding and finding solutions to any marital issue and this should never be taken for granted.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
It is the part of our brain that makes us distinctively and uniquely human. Some animals and perhaps porpoises have rudimentary cortexes’, but the human cortex is far superior. It would be nice if the cortex controlled our lives and our marriages, but alas and alack, that unfortunately rarely happens in the real world. Most marriages are run on reptilian and mammalian energy.