Stop Threatening Divorce

Marriage seems wonderfully endearing to the single man or woman who has never ever married, and maybe to the divorced person who hankers for some thing to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for practically all of us is quite a tough perform 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 both a excellent and a bad thing.

We bring in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not invest too a lot money, not seek out to manage us, that they will want to invest time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners should carry to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to title just 4. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now turn out to be conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.

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Nobody ever said being married was going to be easy. In fact, marriage can be quite a challenge from day one. It is obvious that the minds of two people in love, are not capable of thinking rationally. For the most part, they are dreamers. And because their thinking is clouded by this thing called love, they get married. Shortly after the marriage, reality sets in.

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Think about the good times in your marriage and those times when the marriage were able to survive the difficult trials. If you have survived the previous conflicts in your marriage, you can also survive your current problems in your marriage.

Is your relationship or marriage on the rocks? Is your job adding stress to your life? Do you miss the times when you came home after a good day at work and you embraced your spouse with childish enthusiasm? Do you want to feel that excitement and joy again with your partner? You can.

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.

Each positive moment will help you feel a little better until you return to and exceed your previous joy, content and peace. It is a cumulative and incremental process. Is your day just awful? Are you in such a negative place that you don’t see anything positive? Look at someone else and find something they do well and complement them.

Stop Divorce Prayers

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.

Is true only in the sense that we cannot consciously choose to feel any given emotion at a certain time. Emotions “happen” while we are engaged in life. While they can be understood intelligently and rationally, they cannot be “turned on” by choice.

This is the kind of pressure that our society is putting on married people who have issues that could still be repairable, but who might just give up. In the end, for many people, divorce is an easier solution than reconciliation. However, what if you discovered that it is really the other way around? Divorce is not as easy of a process as some would want you to believe.

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.

When you look back at the good times in your life and you miss the excitement and enthusiasm you want it back. But how do you get there from here? It has been such a long time since feeling that way, the roaring flames of romance has long since been reduced to mere smoldering embers.

What she needs to do is to complain. But how she does it is very important. This is what she could say to her husband: When you don’t take me anywhere, I feel like you take me for granted and that hurts me. In saying it in that way, she’s very honest, while at the same time respectful. She isn’t judging or attacking, she’s honestly reporting how she’s feeling.

I like to say that character is the “raw” self without the façade and the defense mechanisms we use to protect ourselves. Have you heard the statement: “We never though this person would do this?”.

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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.

How did that conflict start? It started with the unfulfilled expectation of your wife towards you. Now let me speak to the wife. You have a circle of lady friends that you are close to and spend time with. They often have social gatherings and naturally they invite you. You want to participate in these gatherings so that you don’t feel left out.

The media often times paints a grim picture through the many tragic divorce cases it brings to our awareness and the sense that once the divorce word comes into place, there is no way around it. On the other hand, the media paints a different picture of romance and love, more often telling stories of fantasy love that rarely happen in real life.

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.

Nikki told me during a marriage conflict intervention, “The person my husband Mike now calls a “bitch” was never like that ten years ago.” “How would you describe the Nikki of ten years ago?” I asked her. “Sweet, pleasant, romantic, willing to go the extra mile, considerate and kind,” she said.

What this typically leads to is one person usually getting their way or their needs met at the expense of the other person. While this may work for awhile, it eventually leads to bitterness and resentment.

This article addresses some things we know about relationships, what works and doesn’t work in relationships, and offers two alternatives for creating healthier marriages.

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.

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